Stay Safe This Thanksgiving
9 December 2014

Stay Safe This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year, but also one with many safety concerns. Increased activity in the kitchen can be distracting and trigger a number of risks that range from mild burns to house fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking fires occur more on Thanksgiving day than any other day of the year. Make sure that this Thanksgiving is a wonderful and safe holiday for you and your entire family by reviewing these basic cooking safety tips:

Cooking Safety Tips

  • Do not leave the kitchen while the stove is on.
  • Always use a timer to remind you that the stove or oven is on.
  • Keep kids away from the stove at all times.
  • Keep the cooking range free of clutter and don’t overload the stove top with too many pots and pans. Trying to cook too many dishes at once could cause grease to accidentally spill onto a range top and cause a fire.
  • Do not pour water on a grease fire. Pouring water on a grease fire can cause the fire to spread. In the event of a range-top fire, turn off the burner, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding a lid onto the pan. Leave the lid in place until the pot or pan has cooled.
  • Turn pot handles away. Make sure that young children cannot reach a cooking pot by turning handles toward the back of the stove.
  • When removing lids from hot pans, tilt them away from you to protect your face and hands from steam.
  • If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you or your clothing.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency and know how to use it. Read the directions carefully before an actual emergency occurs.
  • Check that the smoke alarm in your kitchen is functioning by testing it at least once a month.
  • Avoid using a turkey fryer. According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments respond to more than 1,000 fires involving a deep fryer each year1. For this reason, the Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) does not certify any turkey fryers. If you decide to use a turkey fryer on Thanksgiving, you should do so with extreme caution.

    1 National Fire Protection Association