Proof Positivity: Turkey Day Safety

Have A Safe Thanksgiving

From my family to yours I am hoping you have a safe holiday.  This holiday we will be putting up ornaments, eating, putting up more ornaments and getting ready for the Christmas holiday.

—  Stay in the kitchen while food is cooking.  Most fires in the kitchen
occur because food is left unattended. If you must leave the kitchen
briefly, carry an oven mitt with you as a reminder that something is

—  Do not try to hold your child in one arm while cooking with the other.
Holding a child while cooking is an invitation for a burn. Keep the
cooking area clear of clutter and keep your child out of the kitchen
while you’re cooking.

—  Keep your range top free of clutter. Don’t overload a range top with
too many pots and pans. Trying to cook all dishes at once could cause
grease to accidentally spill onto a range top and cause a fire. Only
cook with as many pots and pans as there are burners.  Also, never use
the oven cavity for storage.

—  Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency and know
how to use it. Make sure the fire extinguisher is rated for grease
fires and electrical fires and read the directions carefully. The
acronym P.A.S.S. can help make sure you use it properly.

—  Pull the pin; Aim the spray nozzle low at the base of the fire;
Squeeze the nozzle to spray the contents; Sweep back and forth as
you spray the base of the fire.

—  Keep smoke alarms connected while cooking. It can be tempting to
disable smoke detectors, especially if they are triggered easily.
However, smoke alarms can save lives. Make sure smoke alarms are
installed and working.

—  Never put a glass casserole or lid on the stove or over a burner. If
the glass gets hot and explodes, it will send shards of glass in all
directions, which can result in severe injury.

—  Be extremely cautious if using a turkey fryer. Turkey fryers are not
safety-certified because they pose a number of distinct safety
concerns, including burn and fire hazards. If you do decide to use a
turkey fryer this Thanksgiving, be extremely cautious.

Tips from UL

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