|Thanksgiving is a just a day away, across the country will be taking to the kitchen to whip up a feast.
Maxons wants to ensure everyone is taking every precaution to cook safely and prevent fires.
Cooking is the leading cause of home fires on Thanksgiving Day, and the risk of cooking-related fires remains elevated all through the holidays. Stay alert when you’re in the kitchen and pay attention to what you’re cooking.
Maxons offers the following tips for safe holiday cooking:
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling or boiling food. If you must leave the room, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
- Have a safety zone: keep children and pets three feet away from the stove and oven.
- Never hold a child or pet while cooking.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
- Keep potholders, oven mitts, towels and anything flammable away from your stovetop.
- Clean food and grease from burners and the stovetop.
- If you must use a turkey fryer, keep it outside, away from buildings and other structures, such as garages, carports and decks and in view when it is on. The turkey should be thawed before frying. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Keep an ABC multi-purpose dry chemical fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water on a grease fire. Water can cause hot grease to splatter.
- As always, have a working smoke alarm installed on every level of the home and in each bedroom or sleeping area. Each member of the household should know the home fire escape plan and practice it twice per year. Guests should be aware of the escape plan and the location of any fire extinguishers in case there is an emergency.
Be happy and stay safe,