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Thanksgiving Safety Tips 2020

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving Safety Tips 2020

I know we all have heard the saying, “The kitchen is the heart of the home”, well believe me when I tell you this is true for my family. We all enjoy cooking for our family and others and this time of year offers multiple opportunities to do just that with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s right around the corner. This time of year also provides a time to reflect on the year and be joyful for the things you have accomplished as well as set goals for the coming year. During this season we tend to spend a lot more time in the kitchen preparing food and we do not realize the dangers that are associated with this activity.

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? Then followed by Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and the day before Thanksgiving. WOW! Unattended cooking was the leading factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.

Here are the Top 10 Safety Tips to keep in mind this holiday season.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot, and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

This holiday season enjoy the time with family and friends while also remembering safety. SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill is Always Here to Help if you need us, but we hope that you don’t and you can enjoy each moment with family and friends.

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