Thanksgiving Day undoubtedly revolves around food and the comfort of a full house. But unfortunately these crowds and huge meals often contribute to kitchen fires and cooking-related injuries. Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and related injuries with Thanksgiving as the worst day of the year for them. To avoid mishaps, it’s best to have a plan for your Thanksgiving Day activities, so Hupy and Abraham has provided a few cooking safety tips so you can have the best holiday possible.
Stay in the kitchen. When you are cooking on the stovetop always keep an eye on the food. If you need to leave the kitchen, turn off the burner and do not leave the house even if you’re baking.
Enforce a “kid-free zone” around the kitchen and/or dining room. Keep the kids away from the cooking area and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove. On such a busy day, assign younger children chores outside the kitchen like setting the table.
Clean as you go. Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys or bags. Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup. The cooks should try to avoid loose-fitting clothes or dangling sleeves while cooking.
Check your safety equipment. Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Check them by pushing the test button. Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.
Cook a safe turkey! Always defrost your turkey. Defrosting is most important if you plan to deep-fry your turkey instead of baking. A frozen turkey introduced to hot oil can cause an explosion, and should be prepared outdoors. Also, avoid washing the turkey. Running raw poultry under the faucet is more likely to spread germs than remove them.
Keeping these simple tips in mind, we hope that you can take on your Thanksgiving Day meal safely. The attorneys at Hupy and Abraham wish you a happy holiday, and if for any reason you experience an accident this Thanksgiving we are here to help. Please contact us for a free consultation at 800-800-5678.