Thanksgiving is approaching and as visions of kitchen catastrophe begin invading your dreams - lumpy gravy, undercooked potatoes, and exploding turkeys - don’t let a kitchen fire be one of them. “Cooking fire safety should be at the top of your to-do list this Thanksgiving,” says State Fire Marshal Mike Matlick.
The Office of State Fire Marshal offers the following cooking fire safety tips to help you and your family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving:
· Start holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven. Remove any buildup of grease that may be on the surface of the appliance.
· Use the back burners whenever possible. Keep pot handles turned in order to avoid accidental bumping or spills.
· Have a fire extinguisher available not more than 10 feet from the stove, on the exit side of the cooking area. Ensure you know how to use your fire extinguisher. A 2-1/2 lb. class ABC multi-purpose dry chemical extinguisher is recommended.
· Never leave cooking unattended. Keep the kitchen off-limits to children and adults that are not helping with food preparations to lessen the possibility of kitchen mishaps.
· When cooking, do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or dangling jewelry. The clothing can easily catch on fire and the jewelry can catch on pot handles, causing spills and burns.
· Keep Thanksgiving decorations and kitchen clutter away from sources of heat such as stovetops, candles and other open flames.