Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday for celebrating with your family, coming to love and appreciate everything that life has given you, and for reflecting on what you can do to better the world for others. It is also a great time for you to brush up on fire safety around the house.
There are several areas of fire safety that you should think about during this holiday season:
1) Watch your cooking, your oven, and your stove
Did you know that the leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. When you are cooking a turkey for 3 or 4 hours at a time, it’s fairly common to leave the turkey in the oven while you are out running errands and come back to it. Good fire safety says that you should always be home while you are using the stove or oven or you should turn off the stove or over while you leave the house. You should always remain alert while you are cooking. Taking naps or drinking heavily can lead to slow reactions in the event of a fire.
2) Keep Flammable items away from Fire
This is a simple lesson to learn and teach others. Always keep your kitchen clean and free of flammable items. Things like potholders, oven mitts, paper recipes, and wooden utensils are all kinder to a potential fire. Keeping them away from your oven and stove will make the cooking process safe for you and your family.
3) Learn how to deal with fire should it arrive
Take steps to ensure that if a fire breaks out in your home that you are well-prepared to deal with it. This means tht you should have a working and up to date fire detector and extinguisher in your kitchen. You should also go over proper fire safety techniques with your children around this time of year (remember stop: drop: and roll that we all learned in grade school).
We all love having children in the kitchen with us—it’s an incredible part of my childhood memories—but there are certain rules we need to follow when kids are in the kitchen. We’ll be putting together a full blog post on the tenants of kitchen safety with kids, so make sure to keep a look out for it.