Home cooking fires occur in record numbers on Thanksgiving Day, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In 2005, Thanksgiving meal preparation caused 1,300 kitchen fires — three times more than the usual daily average. Annually, cooking fires cause more than half a billion dollars in damage to U.S. homes.
For a safe and happy Thanksgiving meal this year, NFPA offers the following cooking safety tips:
- “Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.
- If you must leave the home for even a short period of time, turn off the stove or oven.
- If you are simmering, baking, boiling or roasting food, check it regularly and remain in the home while food is cooking. Use a timer to remind you that the stove or oven is on.
- Stay alert. Don’t cook if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy.
- Keep things that burn – pot holders, oven mitts, paper or plastic – off your stovetop.
- Don’t store things that can burn in an oven, microwave, or toaster oven.
- Clean food and grease off burners, stovetops and ovens.
- Wear clothing with sleeves that are short, close fitting, or tightly rolled up.
- Keep kids away from cooking areas by enforcing a ‘kid-free zone’ of 3 feet (1 meter) around the stove.
- Use the stove’s back burners whenever possible, and turn pot handles inward to reduce the risk that pots with hot contents will be knocked over.
- Never hold a small child while cooking.”Previously on the DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog, we have posted articles related to:
- Tips to reduce home scalding injuries
- A consumer group warning regarding the dangers of stove tipping
- Kitchen safety tips for the holidays
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