Cooking is the leading cause of home fires; it should always be executed carefully. Thanksgiving chefs should start by not wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. Never leave the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. Even when leaving the kitchen for a short period of time, always turn off the stove. Below are additional cooking safety tips:
Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
Keep anything that can catch fire - pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.
To learn more about how to prevent a fire in the home and how to keep members of the household safe, download The Red Cross Fire Prevention and Safety Checklist.