Thanksgiving Cooking Safety

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires with 3 times the average daily number of
cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day.  Fires involving ranges and cook-tops are the most frequently reported
home cooking related fires (NFPA statistics).  To keep a cooking fire from ruining your holiday celebration
the Plainfield Fire Protection District has some safety tips for you to keep in mind:
 Stand by your pan!  Stay in the kitchen when cooking on your range or cook-top so you can
monitor the food you’re cooking.
 Always stay in your home while cooking your turkey and frequently check on it.
 If you use a turkey fryer always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for safe and proper
use.
Other safety tips to keep in mind include:
 Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove.
 Keep children away from hot foods and liquids.
 Make sure your floor is kept clear so you don’t trip while carrying hot food or liquids.
 Keep knives in a safe location where they won’t get knocked down or pulled down off of
the counter.
 Make sure electric cords from small appliances such as coffee makers are not dangling off
the counter where they might get snagged and knocked down or pulled down by a child.
 Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children in a high, locked cabinet.
 Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.
 Make sure your homes smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working
properly.
For more information you may call us at 815-436-5335 ext. 7314 or visit plainfieldfpd.com, nfpa.org/safety
information/for-consumers/holidays/thanksgiving-safety or nfpa.org/cooking.  The Plainfield Fire
Protection District wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

2015-08-03T05:34:14+00:00