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Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and the day before Thanksgiving. So keeping fire safety a top priority in the kitchen during this time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones, and keep yourself and your family safe from fire.
• Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.• Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.• 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 kitchen appliances 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 a room with a lit candle.• Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button. The National Fire Prevention Association discourages the use of outdoor gas-fired turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil.
For more information contact the Bismarck Fire Department at (701) 355-1400 or visit our webpage at www.bismarcknd.gov/fire.