Keep Your Thanksgiving a Happy One!

 
Did you know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires?  Kitchen activity is often at its zenith this time of year with food preparations, cooking and baking.  Plus, the house may be filled with out-of-town guests who arrive to share in the feast as well as additional meals.   Now is a good time to review safe cooking habits. 

Since cooking is the biggest cause of home fires and fire injuries, take these steps to keep safe:

  • Stand by your pan.  Never leave cooking unattended.  If you leave the kitchen, turn off the burner.  Unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires.

  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.  No one can bump them and no child can pull them over.

  • Keep stove tops, ovens and other cooking areas clean and clear of oven mitts, food packaging, towels or anything else that can catch fire.

  • Don’t wear clothing with loose, floppy sleeves while cooking over the stove.  (Avoid this season’s popular bell sleeve while cooking.)

  • If food is baking or roasting use a timer to remind you that food is in the oven.

  • Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby to use to cover a cooking fire.

If a small grease fire occurs, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.  For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire just get out!  Close the door behind you (to help contain the fire) and call 9-1-1.

Children love to be involved in holiday preparations, but take special care when children are in the kitchen. Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.  Keep knives and electrical cords from small kitchen appliances out of their reach.   Children can get involved with preparations that can be done outside the kitchen such as setting the table or making place cards for family and guests.  Provide puzzles, games or books to keep children out of the kitchen during the busy times.

Thanksgiving brings family and friends together, creates fond memories and involves lots of feasting as well as food prep.   Don’t make a fire part of the holiday; practice safe cooking habits.  The Collierville Fire Department wishes everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

 
Erin Daniels, Public Education Specialist                 November 2017


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