Thanksgiving is a fun and exciting holiday.
According to multiple experts, however, it’s also the time of the year that the rate of domestic incidents goes up, mostly due to the fact that most of us fail to pay attention to the risks associated with cooking a meal to a large group.
When it comes to making sure that all members of your family are safe and personal injury is avoided, following some basic safety steps can help you to avoid incidents that could otherwise turn into a serious problem.
One of the most important things adults in charge of the kitchen during Thanksgiving should keep in mind is that the oven and the stove should not be kept on if the person in charge of making sure everything is going alright will be absent from the kitchen – even if just for a little while.
According to the Red Cross, cooks should always avoid wearing loose clothes or shirts with dangling sleeves while in the kitchen. Too often, fires begin because such clothing items are exposed to the fire and as a result, the cook ends up being injured. To avoid further personal injury risks, children and pets should stay away from the kitchen or food preparation area.
Kids are often curious and clumsy. Having them near cooking utensils or appliances will eventually cause them to be exposed to serious personal injury dangers. The Red Cross is urging everyone ready to celebrate Thanksgiving that keeping anything that could catch fire near the stove or oven could end up translating into a property damage incident. Keep any sort of wooden utensils, oven mitts, pot holders, papers and plastic items, food packaging items, and curtains or towels away from any appliance that could serve as an ignition source.
Cooks are also urged to use timers for everything so they won’t forget about an item in the oven or on the stove top.
To prevent grease buildup, the Red Cross is urging cooks to keep cooking surfaces clean. Also, make sure that you have a fire extinguisher in the house in case of an emergency.
Before leaving the house for a long trip to see family or friends, make sure that all stoves, ovens, and any other appliance are all turned off. Preventing incidents means thinking ahead so that risk factors can be left out of the equation. You can read more about cooking safety tips by following this link.