Now that Thanksgiving is just days away, families everywhere are scrabbling to get all the ingredients necessary to prepare a feast for the whole family. As you can expect, trying to get everything ready in such a short period of time can prove to be quite the headache. While double checking your list to make sure you have all the ingredients for Thanksgiving is important, your first priority should be safety. Each year, there are over 4,000 fires started as a result of Thanksgiving cooking. To ensure the safety of you and your family on the big turkey day, you should follow some of the basic safety tips listed below.
Never Leave Cooking Food Unattended
Whether you're cooking food on the stove or in a deep-fryer, you should never leave it unattended. You have to remember that it only takes a few seconds for a fire to break out and threaten the lives of you and your family. If you have to run and pick something up from the store or run an errand, ask another adult to watch over the food while you're gone. The only time you can leave food unattended is when it's roasting in the oven, as there's little-to-no chance of a fire developing from it.
Check Your Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms are your family's best line of defense against fires, so take a few minutes to go around your home and check to make sure they work. Depending on the type of smoke alarms you have, they should have a small button on them labeled "test." Hit this button to make sure they work properly. If there's no sound coming out, you should try to replace the battery. If it still doesn't work, you'll need to replace it with a new model.
Clear Items Away From The Stove
One of the most common mistakes people make in the kitchen on Thanksgiving is leaving items too close to the stove top. Packaging wrap, oven mitts, paper towels and napkins are just a few of the many things that can easily catch on fire when placed in close proximity to hot stove eyes. Before you turn your stove on to start cooking, make sure everything is far away from the counter. In addition, it's not a bad idea to let guests and family members know that you're about to cook on the stove, and that they should stay away from it while you're doing so.