Wednesday, November 21, 2012

7 Kitchen Tips for A Safe Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving is all about food and family – turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and family time. However, preparing holiday goodies can lead to disaster: The kitchen is the setting of more fires than any other room in the house, and cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home.

Here are seven safety steps to use while preparing the Thanksgiving feast.  
  1. Start with this most important rule: Never leave cooking food unattended – stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you must leave even for a short period of time, turn off the stove. 
  2. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make children stay at least three feet away from cooking applicances.
  3. Keep anything that can catch fire – pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains – away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  4. Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
  5. Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.
  6. Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
  7. Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms. Replace all batteries at least once a year.
Another helpful step is to download the Red Cross First Aid app. Available for iPhone and Android devices, the app gives instant access to information to handle the most common first aid emergencies.
House fires are the worst disaster threat to families in the United States. To learn how to prevent a fire in the home and how to keep members of the household safe, download The Red Cross Fire Prevention and Safety Checklist.You can also watch the video news story below for additional tips and information.

We wish you a happy, healthy, safe Thanksgiving!

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