Thanksgiving is just a week away, and since cooking is the number one cause of home fires and injuries, it is important to take a few moments to think about fire safety this holiday season. With a wide array of dishes to prepare and a whole bunch of family members milling about, it is important to watch your stovetop – and what you place near it – on Thanksgiving Day.
Stay in the Kitchen
Even though Thanksgiving Day is a busy time, it is important to stay in the kitchen, keeping an eye on the stove, while you are cooking. With guests to greet and a table to set, we recommend asking someone close to you to help out with the cooking. Enlist your mom or your sister to join you in the kitchen and make sure that one of you remains in the room at all times when the stove is on. This way, you will be able to play hostess and prevent any kitchen mishaps from getting out of hand.
Keep Flammable Materials Out of the Way
Pay close attention to what you allow near the stove, since wooden utensils, oven mitts, towels and place mats can all catch fire quickly. When you do need to use these items, do so with care and be sure to set them down a safe distance from the flames.
Make the Kitchen a “Kid-Free” Zone
Preparing dinner with kids under foot is always tough, but it is especially difficult on the holidays when there are so many extra little ones running around! Before you get started on dinner, remind everyone that the kitchen is a “kid-free” zone and set them up with plenty of toys, games and snacks in another room. This way, the chances of bumping into things is greatly decreased.
Happy Thanksgiving from Davis Ulmer, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday with your loved ones!
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