Lake Stevens Fire encourages you to 'Cook Up' a safe Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is set around good company and good food—turkey, pumpkin pie, and stuffing are some goodies enjoyed on this family holiday. Along with the enjoyable chaos of this holiday is the reality that Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for cooking fires.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an annual average of 2,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving Day with an average of $21 million in property loss. For this reason, safety while cooking is especially important throughout the holiday season when there is increased activity at home.
Unfortunately, during the holiday season fire safety and injury prevention are sometimes overlooked. Lake Stevens Fire offers the following safety tip reminders to help keep your holiday season fire safe and injury free:
• Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking any food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
• Keep the stovetop, burners, and oven clean.
• Keep anything that can catch fire - such as potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels, or curtains - away from your stovetop.
• Don’t wear loose sleeves or loose clothing while cooking.
• If a fire starts in a pot or pan, use the lid to extinguish flames; otherwise use a fire extinguisher. Turn the stove off. Do NOT use water as it can spatter the fire.
• If food in the oven catches fire, turn off the oven and leave the door closed. Do not open the door until completely cooled.
• Plug microwave ovens and other cooking appliances directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord for a cooking appliance, as it can overload the circuit and cause a fire.
• Turkey fryers are extremely dangerous and most safety organizations do not recommend their use. Be very cautious if you choose to use one, and only use them outside.
• Make sure your smoke alarms are working so that you are alerted in the early stages of a fire.
• Be sure to have a fire escape plan in place, in case of an emergency.
Public Educator Jennye Cooper commented, “It takes literally seconds to ensure you have working smoke alarms, and those seconds could essentially save your life.
“We also encourage families and individuals to create and practice an escape plan in case of a fire, especially families with small children or children with special needs.”
For additional safety tips and Thanksgiving activities for kids visit: http://sparky.org/parentpage/parents.htm.
Lake Stevens Fire wishes you a safe Thanksgiving and holiday season.