If you’re hosting Thanksgiving at your house for the first time or for the twentieth time, you know that safety in the kitchen and the house is key. The well-being of your family (and your sanity) depend on it.
So that you can get back to looking up turkey recipes (or stirring the gravy), I kept this list as short as possible.
Here are some safety tips for surviving this Thanksgiving holiday:
- Don’t leave the kitchen while cooking on the stovetop. (Maybe just for quick restroom breaks.)
- Check on your turkey frequently. (And, yes, that means you have to stay home while it’s cooking.)
- Don’t wear loose fitting clothing while cooking. (Long open sleeves can catch fire from a gas flame or hot burner.)
- Clear the floor of kids, toys, and bags. (So you don’t trip over any of them.)
- Keep children 3 feet away from the stove at all time. (It’ll be hot and they run the risk of hurting themselves.)
- Keep kids away from hot food and liquids. (They can easily burn themselves from the steam or splash from coffee, gravy, or vegetables.)
- Keep knives out of your children’s reach. (For obvious reasons)
- Remove electric cords from coffee makers, plate warmers, mixers, or an electric knife that are dangling off the counter. (Otherwise, your kids will easily grab it and create havoc.)
- Move matches and lighters to locked cabinets above the ground. (And, out of reach of children.)
- Don’t leave kids alone with a lit candle. (You don’t want to find out what happens if you do.)
- Test your smoke alarms by pushing the test button. (You’d want them to be in functioning condition in case any emergency should arise.)
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. (In case of an emergency, you’d want to be able to just reach for it.)
- Be careful if you’re using a turkey fryer. (Avoid the burn and fire hazards & read this article for more information on deep frying a turkey.)
If you have guests coming from out of town (or you’re one of the lucky ones who gets to be hosted), remind them to use caution when posting their travel plans on Facebook or Twitter. Letting the internet know that they’ll be out of town is a quick way to alert thieves to a potential house to rob.
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