Thanksgiving: A Time for Family, Food … and Fire Safety

blog-image_2014-11-26Thanksgiving. For one bustling, festive day in November, most of us will gather together with family members over a traditional meal of turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie … among dozens of other customary foods. With all that cooking going on, Thanksgiving has earned itself the reputation of being a dangerous holiday. Sadly, on this day, the rate of kitchen fires in the United States more than doubles.

The National Fire Protection Association (NPFA) offers these important safety tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • 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.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit a candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

The holiday of Thanksgiving will always be about family togetherness and being thankful for the positive things in everyone’s lives. But fire safety must always be kept at the forefront of the day. A secure, cozy home with no kitchen or lighting dangers is a great thing for which to give thanks.

Here is wishing you and yours a safe, and Happy, Thanksgiving.

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