Food is a big part of Thanksgiving. For most people, when they think of Thanksgiving, they think of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and all the other delicious food that accompanies a family gathering. However, preparing so much food can be dangerous if you are not prepared.
Cooking is the most common cause of house fires, and more fires start in the kitchen than anywhere else. To keep you and your family safe this Thanksgiving, keep these safety tips in mind. They will help you stay safe in the kitchen on Thanksgiving.
Do not leave food unattended in the kitchen while it is cooking. Be sure to check on any food frequently that is on the stove or in the oven. If you have to leave the kitchen while food is cooking, Be sure that someone else is there to keep an eye on things until you get back. A kitchen timer can be a useful tool to remind you that something is cooking on the stove or baking in the oven.
Kids may be curious about what you are doing in the kitchen, but they need to stay out of the room while you are cooking. This is particularly important on Thanksgiving, when there may be extra guests in your home. Make sure that kids stay away from the kitchen. If they do have to come in the kitchen for some reason, they should stay three feet or more from the stove at all times.
Anything flammable needs to be kept away from the oven or the stove. Pot holders, paper bags, dish towels, and wooden spoons should all be safely stored somewhere where there is no risk that they will catch fire. Many fires start because someone carelessly left a pot holder on the stove or set a dish towel down too close to a burner.
All of the cooking surfaces in your kitchen should be cleaned regularly. This way, grease will not build up. Doing so will reduce the chances of a grease fire starting in your kitchen.
Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in the kitchen. Check it regularly to make sure that it is still in good working order, and replace it if it is getting old. The fire department can supply you with training on how to properly use a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
Smoke alarms should be installed near the kitchen, as well as in many other parts of the home. Test them on a monthly basis to make sure that they are working properly. The batteries in a smoke alarm should be replaced on an annual basis, or more frequently if needed. Carbon monoxide detectors can also help to keep you and your family safe.
With these kitchen safety tips, you can make sure that there is no risk of a fire starting while you are cooking the Thanksgiving dinner. By using this advice, you can focus on enjoying yourself and preparing a delicious meal for your loved ones.
About the author
Vince Bradley is a kitchen appliance technician. He is specializing in stove and refrigerator repair. He likes to write and give advise about how to maintain kitchen appliance in good condition and also how to repair a broken home appliance. He is works for a ABCAuthorizedRepair in Studio City, CA.