Thanksgiving Day has more than double the number of home cooking fires than an average day according to the U.S. Fire Administration. In fact, each year more than 4,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving Day, 90 percent of which are caused by unattended cooking.
To help prevent home fires. USA Emergency Broadcasting Network suggests the following tips:
Keep potholders and food wrappers at least three feet away from heat sources while cooking.
Wear tighter fitting clothing with shorter sleeves when cooking.
Make sure all stoves, ovens, and ranges have been turned off when you leave the kitchen.
Set timers to keep track of turkeys and other food items that require extended cooking times.
Follow all manufacturer guidelines regarding the appropriate use of appliances.
After guests leave, designate a responsible adult to walk around the home making sure that all candles and smoking materials are extinguished.
Don't reach across fryers, stoves and other hot surfaces and materials.
Use potholders when handling pots.
Use caution around steam and boiling water. Protect your face and arms when lifting pot lids. When removing the cover from a boiling pot, expose the far side of the pot first, to release steam.
Turn pan handles aside so they don't get bumped or snag on clothing, but keep them clear of other burners.
Before microwaving food, vent the container by lifting the edge of the cover.
Use caution when opening covered containers that have been in the microwave, and open them away from your face.
If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
Be alert. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
Never hold a child while cooking, drinking or carrying hot foods or liquids.