Stay Safe in the Kitchen This Holiday
Did you know that the winter holidays are the times when most home cooking fires happen? It’s popular to celebrate the holidays with family and feast, but the additional chaos brings more opportunity for accidents. Give the firefighters in Webster Groves, MO, a break, and make some plans to keep your family safe from fire damage this holiday season.
Top Ten Holiday Kitchen Tips for Fire Safety
Additional people and extra cooking mean you have more risk than normal, so it’s a good time to make sure you are extra careful in the kitchen. Take some time before everyone arrives to prepare the kitchen for holiday safety. Here are some kitchen tips for before and during the holidays:
- Test your smoke alarms before the holidays.
- Clean your stove and oven to reduce grease buildup.
- Keep kids and pets out of the cooking area, using a physical barrier if necessary.
- Cook only when you are alert. Falling asleep with food on the stove is a common way fires start.
- Don’t leave the stove unattended while cooking.
- Plan to be home as long as it takes to cook your turkey or other large items.
- Keep clutter off the kitchen floor so you have plenty of room to move around the cooking area.
- Ensure that cords are not hanging where they might be snagged by someone walking by or grabbed by children.
- Keep flammable items away from the stove. Make sure your guests aren’t using the stove as a landing pad for food packages, paper towels or oven mitts.
- Don't put out a grease fire with water. Use a lid and turn off the heat.
You can really help reduce risks and keep your family safe by following these simple tips. Most of this advice comes down to staying alert in the kitchen.
If you need help to clean up after a fire, count on a fire damage specialist to get you through it. Unlike most contractors, these professionals deal specifically with fire recovery and can guide you through cleanup, repairs, and care for your personal belongings.