Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving! Safety Tips!
Nov 16, 2014 11:47AM
By Paul Spear
The kitchen is the heart of the home around the holidays, especially at Thanksgiving. So remember that while kids love to be involved in holiday preparations, safety in the kitchen is important, especially on busy days when there is a lot of activity and people in your kitchen. Here are a few tips to help:
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
- Keep the floor clear so you don't trip over kids, toys or bags.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children.
- Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children - up high in a locked cabinet.
- Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.