Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and so are all the preparations involved with the holiday.
For many, this means hours spent in the kitchen. Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.
Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department would like to share a few safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association to keep you and your family safe:
• 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 you are cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
• Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay at least 3 feet away.
• Make sure kids stay away from hot foods and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or coffee could cause serious burns
• Keep the floor clean so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
• 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 a room with a lit candle.
• Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
The NFPA also discourages the use of gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oils, as they can be very dangerous.
The organization urges those who prefer fried turkey to seek out professional establishments such as grocery stores, specialty food retailers, and restaurants, rather than trying to fry the bird at home. Oil-less electric or infrared turkey fryers are also available and may be safer to use.
More holiday safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association are available on the Fire & Rescue page of the City of Murfreesboro’s website at www.murfreesborotn.gov. You can also visit the NFPA’s website at www.nfpa.org/education.