Safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity at home. Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. Oregon State Fire Marshal Mark Wallace wants to remind Oregonians to practice fire safety when preparing their Thanksgiving meal. “Every year cooking-related fires increase during the holidays,” said Wallace. “But, by following simple safety steps you can keep loved ones from experiencing a cooking-related fire tragedy.”
Tips for Thanksgiving Cooking Safety
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
- Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three-feet around the stove and areas where hot foods or drinks are prepared or carried.
- 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.
- Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within reach of a child.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children.
- Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.
Involve kids in preparations and plan activities
Safe Kids Oregon encourages you to look at your library or on-line for Thanksgiving craft ideas, recipes for kids to involve them in preparations and activities to burn off energy and calories.
(Pictures of craft ideas from Parenting.com)
Best wishes from Safe Kids Oregon for a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving
Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is led by Oregon Public Health. Click here for information on other Injury Areas.