Thanksgiving should be a calm experience with your family, but cooking-related fires or injuries could put a damper on the celebration. The NFPA reports that home cooking fires increase by almost 3 times on Thanksgiving compared to any other day of the year. It can be easy to get distracted and make choices that increase your chances of fire.
Keep these tips in mind any time you are cooking, but especially on busy holidays like Thanksgiving.
- Check your smoke detectors and make sure your family has an emergency plan in case of fire. Make sure your guests are made aware of an overview of your escape plan as well.
- Pay attention. If you are cooking on the stovetop you should not leave the kitchen. While food is cooking in the oven, make sure you stay in your house and check the food regularly.
- Keep kids away from the stove and from any hot foods/liquids while cooking. If your kids like to help in the kitchen, this guide from the NFPA offers advice on what age groups can safely participate in what food activities.
- Keep flammable cooking instruments (like oven mitts, dish towels wooden or plastic utensils, or packaging) away from the stovetop or any candles. Loose clothing, long sleeves or hair can also catch fire when cooking over a stovetop. Be wary of these risks.
- Turn your pan handles inward so you are less likely to knock a pan off the stove. No one wants a hot-liquid burn on the holiday.
- When you’re finished cooking, make sure you turn off both the burners and oven. Make sure to extinguish candles after the party as well.
We hope you have a great, safe Thanksgiving!