Holiday Cooking Safety
The holidays are approaching and cooking in the kitchen will begin to ramp up. It's important to be aware that Thanksgiving is the prime time for home cooking fires and the dangerous that come with it. According the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,600 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving day.
Follow these NFPA safety tips to ensure you are taking all precautions this Thanksgiving holiday:
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children.
- Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
- Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
- Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
If you experience a fire in your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Chesterfieldand SERVPRO of Tri-Cities Plus to immediately respond and get your home back to pre-fire condition.