Thanksgiving Kitchen Safety
Thanksgiving is a peak day for home cooking fires. From unexpected grease fires to cooking burns, U.S. fire departments respond to more than 1,500 calls for service on this day alone. Here are some practical safety tips to help ensure you and your family have a happy Thanksgiving.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food. If you do have to step away, turn the burner off.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey. It takes less than a minute for turkey to ignite if grease spills and starts a fire in your oven.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
In addition to cooking fires, children are also at high risk of injury on Thanksgiving. To keep kids safe, follow these guidelines:
- Make sure kids stay away from hot foods and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns. A good rule of thumb is to keep kids three feet away from stoves and cook tops.
- 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 to pull down.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children. Toddlers can easily reach counter height, and accidentally grab a sharp knife or pull one on to their feet.