Thanksgiving is the #1 day for fires started by cooking equipment. It seems that the combination of families getting together, alcohol, gravy, and wrestling a turkey into an oven add up to accidents that result in kitchen fires.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a quiet Thanksgiving holiday in Orange County. To help you achieve that goal, here are some tips from us at Milestone Building Group, and also the NFPA:
- Make sure your fire alarms are working. Test them and replace the batteries if you’re not sure.
- Don’t leave the kitchen unattended when cooking on the stovetop. Keep an eye on the food as accidents can happen in an instant.
- Don’t leave the house with a turkey in the oven. Check on it frequently.
- Keep kids out of the kitchen as much as possible during this busy time. Prepare activities to keep them occupied, or get them involved in cooking prep that can be done outside of the kitchen, like topping green beans or shucking corn.
- If you can’t keep the kids out of the kitchen, keep them away from the stove. The oven and range will be hot, and children should stay outside a three-foot radius of it.
- Don’t leave kids unattended in the kitchen or in a room with lit candles or lit chafing dishes.
- The steam and/or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee can cause serious burns, so make sure children stay away from hot food, especially if it is on a buffet table within their reach. Be reminded that a turkey baster is not a toy.
- Keep the kitchen floor clear so that you don’t trip over toys, grocery bags or even those children!
- Fairly obvious, but bears repeating: Keep knives away from children (and guests who have been drinking).
- Watch for loose electric cords! An electric cord dangling off the counter could be very attractive to a child, and one pull could bring an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer, mixer, or other appliance down on them.
- Keep matches and lighters in a high cabinet away from children.
If your nephew manages to flood the bathroom while you’re basting the turkey, or if the dog knocks over a candle and sets the curtains on fire, give us a call. And please, don’t try to deep fry your turkey without the proper equipment, including footwear.
Keep our number handy this holiday season. When Orange County home accidents turn into disasters, we are here to help you get your life back on track and your home back to its original state. Happy Thanksgiving!