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:

  1. If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a short period, turn off the stove. Vegetables will still continue cooking.
  2. Use a timer if you have something in the oven, or are boiling or simmering something on the stove.
  3. Keep children away from the cooking area and establish a “no kids zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove.
  4. 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.
  5. Clean up spilled food and splattered grease from your stovetop.
  6. Make sure you have a smoke alarm installed with working batteries.
  7. Have a small fire extinguisher handy – just in case.


Find out more from the NFPA.

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