Thanksgiving and Holidays Fire Safety Tips
Everyone needs to practice safe cooking habits this holiday season. Thanksgiving Day is one of the most celebrated holidays, but it is also the leading day for home cooking fires. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and injuries. It is important to be always alert when preparing a delicious feast:
- Check your food while it is cooking, whether it is simmering, baking, or roasting.
- Use a timer to remind you that you are cooking and when it’s time to turn off the stove or oven.
- Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen readily available when cooking.
- Keep all flammable debris away from the stovetop, including mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, and or hand towels.
- When cooking, do not wear loose-fitted clothing and roll up your sleeves.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove, hot food, and liquids.
- Ensure your smoke alarms are working by testing them at least once a month and replacing the batteries once a year.
- Do not use the stove if you are too sleepy or have consumed alcohol.
In the event of a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe.
- When a fire breaks out, leave the premises and keep you, your family, and your pets safe.
- Call your local emergency number for help after you get out to safety.
- If you have an oven fire, keep the oven door closed to contain the fire and turn it off.
- To smother small grease fires, keep a lid nearby. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turning off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
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