Thanksgiving Day Safety Tips for the KitchenBy Home Security Source Posted in: Family
Thanksgiving is celebrated by more Americans than virtually any other holiday. By celebrating our gratitude for all we have been given (and sharing great food with family and loved ones), this holiday has universal appeal. Unfortunately, this wide appeal and focus on homemade cooking means that there are than double the number of home cooking fires than an average day - more than 4,000 every Thanksgiving Day. So we’ve compiled a list of Thanksgiving safety tips and kitchen rules for you to consider this year.
All of these safety tips are pretty easy to follow:
• Use pot holders and oven mitts whenever handling hot pans. It doesn’t matter how quick you are – burns happen quicker.
• Keep potholders and food wrappers a few feet away from heat sources while cooking.
• Avoid wearing excessively loose clothing, as it can drag in the food, get caught on things and even drape over a hot burner. Wear shorter sleeves when cooking.
• Keep the handles of pots and pans on the stove turned inward to avoid accidents
• Set a timer to keep track of food that requires longer cooking times.
• Make sure all cooking appliances (stoves, ovens, and ranges) have been turned off when you leave the kitchen
• After guests leave, designate a responsible adult to walk around the home making sure that all candles and smoking materials are extinguished.
Finally, the kitchen will be a chaotic place, so – to the extent possible – try to keep children away from the commotion and make sure an adult is supervision them in another room, such as the family room or rec room. With all the glassware, hot pans and sharp knives, you don’t want to run the risk of an accident on a day that should be festive.
Thanksgiving is one holiday that has resisted the winds of change and has remained focus on the simple concept of being grateful. By practicing some common sense kitchen rules and using our Thanksgiving Day safety tips, you can ensure it is the happiest and healthiest for everyone.
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