Tis’ the season to be safe while cooking: 10 Holiday Safety Tips
Officials with the Red Cross have released "10 Holiday Cooking Safety Tips" for you to keep in mind this year.
Many will be gathering around the table for a feast filled with love and care.
But those who put in the hard work for such a feast, need to be aware that cooking is the leading cause in home fires.
Although smoke alarms and other precautions can prevent fires from getting out of control, the American Red Cross recommends that everyone follow these fire safety steps to reduce the chances of a fire during the holiday season.
10 Fire Safety Steps:
- Make sure you have smoke alarms through out the home that are properly functioning. Make sure to test them each month and to replace all batteries at least once a year.
- Do not wear loose clothing or sleeves that dangle while cooking.
- If you are frying, grilling or broiling food, never leave it unattended.
- Regularly check items that are simmering, baking, roasting or broiling.
- Use a timer while cooking on the stove or while using the oven.
- Keep kids and pets away from the cooking area- at least three feet away.
- Keep all flammable items away from appliances that generate heat- i.e. potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels or curtains.
- Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
- Always check to make sure appliances are off before leaving or going to bed.
- Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.
For more expert advice for common mishaps or emergencies, download The Red Cross First Aid App in the app store or text GETFIRST to 90999.