The National Fire Protection Association reported that in 2013, Thanksgiving Day was the leading date for home cooking fires with 1,550 fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
Here are some cooking safety tips to remember for this Thanksgiving Holiday:
1. Stay in the kitchen and watch what you're cooking! Do not leave any burners, broilers, ovens, or fryers unattended, especially when on high heat! Use a timer and frequently check on what your cooking.
2. Watch out for long hair and sleeves! Prevent burns and fires by putting long hair back and wearing short or tight sleeves when cooking. Don't forget to use potholders and oven mitts for cookware!
3. Keep an eye on children! Keep children 3 feet away from the stove and any sharp kitchenware. While it is fun to include the kids in mixing the cake batter, it is essential they know what to stay away from in the busy kitchen.
4. Make sure your smoke alarms are on and working! Don't forget to replace your batteries and push the "test" button to ensure safety.
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