Thanksgiving is all about family, friends and food, lots of food. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, pies and assorted desserts; the list goes on. Included in holiday feasting, however, may come certain kitchen safety risks, especially during a crowded home get-together. 

Did you know that Thanksgiving Day is the leading day of the year for home fires involving kitchen cooking equipment? Further, did you know that this cooking equipment is involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries? Kitchen fires are the second leading cause of home fire deaths.

In the kitchen, being aware of common risks is the first step to kitchen safety. Taking the initiative to mitigate those risks is the next step. For example, children running and playing in a busy kitchen increases the likelihood of an accident. Knowing this, you have time to plan ahead and create outside, kid-friendly activities during cooking hours. Reducing kitchen traffic can eliminate a number of safety concerns.

As we all prepare for Thanksgiving, let us share ten other kitchen safety tips for this Thanksgiving you can use with your loved ones.

1. Remain in the kitchen while cooking to keep an eye on food.

2. No matter how long it takes, stay home when cooking your turkey, and check it frequently.

3. Keep children away from hot stoves, and turn the handles of pans away from the stove-front.

4. Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids, especially steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, and coffee.

5. Keep knives out of the reach of children.

6. Be sure electric cords from cooking tools are not dangling off countertops or obstructing walking paths. 

7. Keep matches and lighters in high-reaching cabinets.

8. Never leave children alone in the kitchen or in a room with a lit candle.

9. Keep the kitchen floor free of toys, purses, bags, pets and other tripping hazards.

10. Make sure smoke alarms are installed and tested before cooking begins.

Thanksgiving is the largest meal most people will cook all year. Planning ahead and enlisting the help of other family members can greatly reduce kitchen stresses that exacerbate safety risks. Take your time, do not rush, and enjoy the experience. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us.