Here are some safety tips from Mentor Fireman Nathan Peters. Enjoy them and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving:
The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
Dinner can be ruined by the “I just left for a moment to …” accident. Do you know how to put out a stove top fire that is contained in a pan? Put a lid on it, then turn off the heat, let it cool and call 911.
These steps can help contain the fire to the pan until the fire department arrives. See the following video at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/prevention_education/strategies/cooking/index5.shtm.
Stay in the home when baking, and check on the turkey frequently. Use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
Stay alert! To prevent cooking fires, you have to be alert. You won't be if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy.
Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire if it comes into contact with a gas flame or electric burner.
The kitchen is a busy place. Set up some fun activities for kids that keep them out of the kitchen during this busy time. Whether games, puzzles, or movies; better yet let them help with food preparation that can be done at the kitchen table or in another room.
Keep kids away from hot cooking as steam and splattered liquids can cause serious burns.
Keep the floor clear of toys, purses and bags so you don’t trip.
Keep electrical cords out of the reach of children. Cords from electric knives, coffee makers, mixers, etc. could dangle over the edge of the counter where kids can pull on them.
Never deep fry a turkey inside of your house or garage.
Keep knives out of reach of children.
Keep matches and utility lighters out of children’s reach
Don’t leave lit candles unattended. If you have lit candles in a room, then they should be extinguished when the last adult leaves the room.
Review with your family what to do if there is a fire:
Children should get out and stay out, call 911 from outside, and gather at their meeting spot.
Adults should make sure they have a safe exit, call 911, consider using a fire extinguisher (use it if safe to do so and you know how, otherwise get out and stay out), gather at meeting spot.
Finally, it never hurts to test your smoke detectors by pressing the test button.