For many people, the fall season is a time to enjoy cooler temperatures, beautifully colored leaves and family-oriented get togethers, like Thanksgiving. Each November, families gather to celebrate the holiday by preparing a delicious feast. If you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could quickly change from happy to hazardous.
Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fire injuries in the United States. In fact, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) says, there are nearly 4,300 fires on Thanksgiving Day. That’s more than double the daily average for residential fires. The leading cause of Thanksgiving Day fires is food that is left unattended while cooking.
Whether you or your customers are preparing a lavish Thanksgiving spread, follow these helpful tips to stay safe in the kitchen.
TIPS TO PREVENT A COOKING FIRE
- Keep an eye on your cooking and stay in the kitchen
- Wear short or close-fitting sleeves. Loose clothing can catch fire
- Watch children closely. When old enough, teach children to cook safely
- Clean cooking surfaces to prevent food and grease build-up
- Keep curtains, towels and pot holders away from hot surfaces and store solvents and flammable cleaners away from heat sources. Never keep gasoline in the house
- Turn pan handles inward to prevent food spills
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