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Posted on: November 8, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Holiday kitchen safety: Food and fun, not fire and injuries

Family cooking together in kitchen

Source: National Fire Protection Association

The kitchen is the heart of the home during the holidays. Safety in the kitchen is important, especially at Thanksgivingtime when there's lots of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones while keeping everyone safer from fire. 

  • 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 candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button
  • Tip: Prepare activities to keep kids out of the kitchen during this busy time (such as games, puzzles or books). Kids can get involved in Thanksgiving preparations with recipes that can be done outside the kitchen.

Thanksgiving fire facts

  1. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, the day before Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas Eve.
  2. In 2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,630 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.
  3. Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  4. Cooking caused almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths in 2014-2018.


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