How to prevent kitchen fires during Thanksgiving

Home for the Holidays

(WFXR) — The holidays are upon us and while many people will be heating up the stoves in the kitchen to make that Thanksgiving feast, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) wants to make sure you and your loved ones are safe.

COOK WITH CAUTION

  • If you are tired or consumed alcohol do not use the stove or stovetop
  • Stay in the kitchen when frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food
  • If you have to leave the kitchen, turn off the stove
  • Make sure to use a timer if you are simmering, baking, or roasting food
  • Keep overn mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains away from your stovetop

TACKLING GREASE COOKING FIRES

  • Smother the flames by slideing a lid over the pan and turning off the burner
  • Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled
  • Turn off the heat and keep the door closed for an oven fire

FIGHTING A SMALL FIRE

  • Leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire
  • Call 911 or your local emergency number from outside the home

The NFPA states the leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking and most cooking fires involve the kitchen stove.

SAFETY TIPS FROM NFPA:

  • If you are cooking, you want to stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on the food
  • Stay in the house when cooking our turkey and make sure to check on it frequently
  • Keep children away from the hot stove, at least three feet
  • Keep kids away from hot food and liquids. Steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or coffee could cause serious burns
  • Keep the floor clear of toys, pocketbooks or bags
  • Keep knives out of reach of children
  • Keep electric cords from items such as electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer, or mixers out of reach of children
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children
  • Never leave children alone with a lit candle in a room
  • Make sure smoke alarms are working

NFPA has other helpful tips to keep children out of the kitchen. They suggest having activities such as games, puzzles, or books to keep them busy.

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