Remember to stay safe in the kitchen this holiday season. Cooking around large groups of people can increase the risk of fire and burn injuries.
Follow these tips as you prepare your holiday feast.
10 THANKSGIVING COOKING SAFETY TIPS
- Stay in the kitchen and never leave cooking food unattended. If you must leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- Clean and clear the area around the stove before turning on the heat.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking, and move items that can burn away from the stove. These include towels, bags, boxes, paper and curtains.
- Use caution when deep-frying turkeys, noting the many risks involved in the process. Cooking should be done by an adult outside on a flat surface that can’t burn. The turkey should be completely thawed prior to cooking, and potholders and oven mitts should be utilized.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove.
- Turn pot handles to the back of the stove, so no one bumps them or pulls them over.
- Fires can start when the heat is too high. When frying food, turn the burner off if you see smoke or if the grease starts to boil. Carefully remove the pan from the burner.
- Keep a pan lid or a cookie sheet nearby. Use it to cover the pan if it catches on fire. This will put out the fire. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
- Use a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on.
- Check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving home to ensure all stoves, ovens and small appliances are turned off.