This week, families and friends come together to give thanks for the many blessings in their lives. It’s estimated that over 260 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving feasts around the United States and around 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Generations of family members will share cooking tips and spend a good portion of time in the kitchen preparing the day’s feast of turkey and all of the fixings. It is very important to be vigilant during your Thanksgiving dinner preparations from cooking in the kitchen to using a turkey fryer properly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the leading day of year of home fires involving cooking equipment. There is an estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires annually, which usually occur from noon to 4pm. This is prime cooking and family entertaining time or when the most people are at your home.
AKE Safety Equipment wants to help keep your family safe from cooking fires during the holiday season with these 10 Thanksgiving Day Fire Safety Tips. The microwave oven can also be used for preparation for your Thanksgiving Day meals, so it is important to follow proper fire safety tips and rules when using it. Following some simple fire safety steps will ensure that you have great Thanksgiving Day meals for years to come. (We can’t guarantee that the food will taste good, though!)
- Do not leave food unattended in the kitchen when you are cooking, this is especially true when frying and boiling items on the stovetop.
- Stay at home if you are cooking a turkey in the oven. Make sure to frequently check on the turkey’s progress.
- Keep children away from the cooking areas. They should be at least 3 feet away from the stove or oven. Also, children should stay away from hot pans, dishes, hot food, and liquids. The steam or splashes from vegetables or the gravy could cause burns.
- Electrical cords from mixers, electric knives, and other kitchen accessories should not be dangling off of the counter where children could easily pull them.
- Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children in a locked up cabinet.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
- Keep anything that could catch on fire, such as pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, or towels away from the stove top or near an oven or microwave.
- If using a turkey fryer to prepare your holiday turkey, only use the turkey fryer outdoors and at a safe distance from the home. Never leave a turkey fryer unattended and keep children and pets at least 3 feet from the fryer. Use insulated pot holders to protect hands from oil splatters when removing the turkey from the oil.
- Make sure that the smoke alarms in the home are working properly. Test them at least monthly.
- Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen as an extra safety precaution. Also, have a fire extinguisher on hand when using a turkey fryer.
We hope these Thanksgiving Day Fire Safety Tips are useful and Happy Holidays from AKE Safety Equipment!