As we all start to plan and make those family favorite Thanksgiving foods and desserts, let us keep in mind the following safety tips!
-Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button on the detector.
– Make sure you keep a close eye on your cooking, and never leave cooking food unattended.
-Keep combustibles away from burners and other heat sources.
-If you are heating cooking oil, be sure to do it slowly so it does not ignite.
-Have a “kid-free zone”. A good practice is three feet around the stove, where hot foods or drinks are prepared or served. Also, be sure to keep knives out of reach.
-Keep a lid nearby to smother any small grease fires. Just slide the lid over the pan, turn off the stove-top/burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled off.
– Don’t wear any loose sleeve clothing while cooking over burners. They could catch on fire, melt, or catch on the pot or pan handle spilling hot food or liquids.FOR YOU DEEP-FRIED TURKEY COOKS OUT THERE!!!
-Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors at a safe distance from your home/building. Never use them in your garage, on a wooden deck, in your bathroom etc.
-Make sure the fryer is on a level surface to prevent any accidental tip overs.
-Never leave the fryer unattended and always watch the oil temperature. You do not want it to overheat and catch fire.
-Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times. Even after you are done cooking, the oil is dangerously hot for hours after.
-Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts. For added safety, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
-Make sure that turkey is completely thawed before cooking (National Turkey Federation (NTF) recommends thawing the turkey in the refrigerator approximately 24 hours for every five pounds in weight).
Last but not least….
– Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher close by. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. Do not attempt to put out large fires, get to a safe location, and immediately call the fire department.
EagleEye Safety & Security Consulting LLC hopes you and your family have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving!