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Posted on: December 8, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Holiday kitchen safety: Food and fun, not fire and injuries

Source: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Safety in the kitchen is important, especially during the holidays when there's lots of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones while keeping everyone safer from fire. 

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food. 
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns. 
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button
  • Tip: Prepare activities to keep kids out of the kitchen during this busy time (such as games, puzzles or books). Kids can get involved in meal preparations with recipes that can be done outside the kitchen.

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