Safety in the kitchen is essential, especially on Thanksgiving Day, which is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. Kids love to be involved in holiday preparations, but by having prepared activities that keep them outside of the kitchen, you can create a safer environment for everyone.
Stay safe by following these Thanksgiving safety guidelines.
General Holiday Cooking Safety:
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop to keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
- Keep the floor clear, so you don’t trip over kids, toys, purses, or bags.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
- Keep knives out of reach of children.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children, preferably up high, in a locked cabinet.
- Make sure children stay away from the stove. The stove will most likely stay hot for extended periods, and kids should stay at least three feet away.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or coffee could cause severe burns.
- 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.
- Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.