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Cooking Fires More Prevalent on Holidays
Kaylin Eidsness, November 23, 2015 | Public Safety
Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Instead of always paying close attention to what’s cooking, family members get caught multi-tasking during this busy time and sometimes leave the kitchen unattended. This can be very dangerous. While these safety tips below can’t protect you from family drama during the holidays, they can keep you and your family safe from serious injuries.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop, so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
- Make sure kids also 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 candle.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
The Edina Fire Department wishes you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving!