It is that time of the year – cranberry sauce, football, and turkey sandwiches for days. While Thanksgiving is all about coming together as family and friends to give thanks for all the blessings that we have, and to hopefully relax for a few days, it is also important to remember the hazards that come along with preparing large meals and entertaining groups of people in your home.
On Thanksgiving, there are more cooking fires than any other time of the year. This happens especially when you are entertaining family and friends, often prompting you to leave food unattended. Be sure to always stay within a few steps of the stove, especially if you have a gas stove with an open flame. Below are some tips that will help you and your family stay safe this holiday season.
- First and foremost – make sure that your smoke alarms are working before you start cooking.
- Never leave food unattended on the stove – especially gas stoves with open flames.
- If you have a pan fire, turn the stove off, and cover the pan with anything flame resistant that will cut off the oxygen supply. For instance, a pan lid or a cookie sheet.
- Never use water to put out grease fires.
- Never attempt to move the pan to your sink or outside – this will result in a larger fire and possible injuries.
- Always keep stove exhaust fans on while cooking.
- Always keep burning candles at least 12 inches from anything that will ignite.
- Never leave candles unattended.
- Never leave candles burning during the night.
- If you have small children in the house, try using LED candles to replace real-flame candles.
- For fireplaces, only burn one log at a time.
- If your fireplace says “Natural Gas Only,” be sure to never put anything into the fireplace to burn, i.e. logs or paper.
- If you are cooking outside using a fryer or grill, keep moving appliances at least 10 feet away from your home and anything that may catch fire,.
- Never cook in the garage.
- Be sure to keep children away from swimming pools and hot tubs – if necessary, have someone be the designated pool watcher.
Above all, have fun with your family and friends. This time of the year is meant to give thanks for all that we have and who we have.
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.