November 2017 Steve Kukowski
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that Thanksgiving is the peak day for cooking fires at home. Here are some kitchen safety tips:
- If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a short period, turn off the stove. Vegetables will still continue cooking.
- Use a timer if you have something in the oven, or are boiling or simmering something on the stove.
- Keep children away from the cooking area and establish a “no kids zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove.
- Keep anything that can catch on fire away from the stove – that includes wooden spoons, paper and plastic bags, food packaging, towels, curtains and oven mitts.
- Clean up spilled food and splattered grease from your stovetop.
- Make sure you have a smoke alarm installed with working batteries.
- Have a small fire extinguisher handy – just in case.
Find out more from the NFPA.