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Thanksgiving Safety Tips
The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. Kids love to be involved in holiday preparations. Safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at home.
**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, pocketbooks 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 a candle.
**Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
**Deep frying Turkeys can be delicious but also extremely dangerous.
“U.S. fire departments are responding to more than 1,000 fires each year in which a deep fryer is involved,” State Farm said in a press release. “The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says deep fryer fires result in more than $15 million in property damage each year and hot oil splatter can cause serious burns to an adult or life threatening injuries to a child.”
The top three states for Thanksgiving Day cooking fires are Texas, Illinois and Ohio, according to State Farm, which offers the following seven tips to prevent a turkey fryer fire:
1. Cook outdoors away from buildings or trees. Keep fryer off wooden decks or patios.
2. Avoid hot oil spill over by filling the pot with cold oil. Lower a thawed turkey into the pot to determine how much oil should be added or removed.
3. Turn off the flame when adding the bird to the hot oil to prevent a flareup if oil should spill over.
4. Make sure the turkey is properly thawed; lower slowly into the pot.
5. Never leave a hot turkey fryer unattended.
6. Do not use ice or water to cool down the oil or put out an oil fire.
7. Keep an extinguisher approved for cooking or grease fires nearby.