Safe Holiday Cooking Tips
With the holidays upon us, families, friends and loved ones will be gathering and preparing for the delicious feast that awaits them this Thursday. However, it is important to practice safe cooking habits, so your happy holiday does not become hazardous.
The National Fire Protection Association states that cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries, with Thanksgiving being the peak day for all cooking-related fires.
Check out these safety tips to help keep your family and loved ones safe this holiday!
- Never leave cooking food unattended. If you need to leave the kitchen for any reason while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food, you should always turn off the stove until you return.
- Check your food regularly while it cooks. Never leave your home while you have stuff cooking, and make sure you have a timer set to remind you when it is done.
- Make your kitchen a "Kid-Free Zone" while you are cooking and make sure they stay at least three feet away from the stove at all times.
- Make sure there isn't anything flammable near the stove, oven or any appliance that generates heat. This includes pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains.
- Do not wear any loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
- Clean your cooking surfaces regularly to prevent any grease buildup.
- Make sure you have a fire extinguisher on hand to keep in the kitchen.
- Always check on the kitchen before going to bed or leaving your home to make sure all appliances, stoves, and ovens are turned off.
- Make sure all your smoke detectors are working and have fresh batteries.
SERVPRO of Montgomery & Pulaski Counties wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful and safe Holiday Season