We at ivaluesafety.com want to wish you and your family a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. Therefore, we would like to share some Thanksgiving Safety Tips per the following:
- According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 4,000 fire happen each Thanksgiving Day, usually in the kitchen!
- Never leave your food unattended while frying or grilling.
- Keep knives out of children reach.
- Use a timer and routinely check whatever you’re cooking.
- If frying or deep-frying, keep the fryer outside, away from walls, and free from moisture.
- Never use a glass casserole or lid on the stove or burner, as it may explode from the heat.
- Ensure that children, pot holders and food wrappers are a at safe distance— at least 3 feet!—from warmed surfaces (i.e. the stove). Position those handles so that they face inward.
- Have activities that keep children out of the kitchen while the meal is being prepared.
- Avoid dangling accessories, cords or loose clothes around kitchen fires, or within children reach.
- Maintain good housekeeping: keep floors clear so you don’t trip on children, toys, bags or pocketbooks.
- If using candles or the fireplace, keep these sources of fire shuttered or isolated, and never leave them unattended.
- Keep matches and lighters out of children reach.
- Never douse a grease fire with water, as the fire can thus spread. Turn off the burner, smother the flames with a lid (wearing an oven mitt!), or douse with baking soda or a fire extinguisher if it’s getting out of hand.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen, outside by the fryer and know how to use it.
- Ensure your smoke alarms are connected and working.
- Better safe than sorry. You can call the pros at 1888-674-6854 (USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline) with any cooking questions!
- Unplug appliances that are small and unnecessary; it’s a smart way to save energy and eliminate potential dangers if something is accidentally turned on.
- After the party, walk around the home and ensure candles and fireplaces are extinguished, unnecessary appliances are turned off, and no potential hazards (leftovers, sharp/flammable objects) are in reach of your kids or pets.
Click here to view a Thanksgiving fire safety tip video from NFPA.