The holidays are here and you know what means, spectacular home cooked meals and leftovers! However, if you do not take the proper pre-cautions when cooking, you may have a holiday disaster. According to the National Fire Prevention Agency there are twice as many cooking fires during Thanksgiving and Christmas than any other days of the year. Here are some cooking safety tips to make sure your holiday feast does not turn into a holiday fire.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove-top so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
- Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children.
- Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
- Never leave children alone in room with a lit a candle.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
Deep Frying a Turkey
The National Fire Prevention Agency does not recommend anyone to deep fry a turkey. They suggest using an oil-less fryer, have a professional cater fix it, or go to a restaurant. If you are going to deep fry a turkey. Here some steps you can take to keep make it less dangerous.
- Do not overfill fryer with oil.
- Never drop a frozen turkey into the deep fryer. This will cause the fryer to boil over.
- Never deep fry a turkey in your house, garage, on your deck or on your porch. Make sure to be at least 15 feet away from all standing structures
- Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby.
- Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts and wear long sleeves and safety goggles to protect from splatter.