During Thanksgiving, many families gather in the kitchen to spend time together, but it can be one of the most hazardous rooms in your home. Here are some cooking safety tips to keep in mind this holiday season:
- Watch What You’re Cooking - The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or cooking food on the stove top or broil
- Choose the Right Equipment and Use It Properly - Follow manufacturers' instructions when using cooking equipment. Remember to plug microwave ovens and other cooking appliances directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord for a cooking appliance, as it can overload the circuit and cause a fire. Cook only with equipment designed and intended for cooking, and heat your home only with equipment designed and intended for heating.
For more holiday safety cooking tips, visit www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/