Thanksgiving Cooking Safety
Turkey time is around the corner! This time of year is marked by good food, good company, and the start of the holiday season. Extravagant feasts are part of the Thanksgiving tradition. This year as prepare for some Thanksgiving cooking, make sure that you practice safe cooking habits. According to FEMA, over 75% of Thanksgiving fires are caused by cooking. Here are some tips to help mitigate your Thanksgiving cooking extravaganza safety risks.
Test Smoke Detectors
Testing your smoke detectors is an easy way to keep everyone safe this Thanksgiving. Before you start cooking up a storm, go around you home and test your smoke detectors. If it’s been a while since you’ve replaced the batteries, go do so. While you are checking your smoke detectors, it is also a good idea to check on your carbon monoxide alarms.
Have a Fire Extinguisher Ready
Keeping a fire extinguisher handy is another easy way to help keep everyone safe. Sometimes fires start unexpectedly and you can handle them quickly before they escalate. Make sure everyone in your home knows where the fire extinguisher is located and how to use it. For cooking fires, never use water to try to put it out. Instead, use a fire extinguisher or a fire blanket.
Never Leave the Kitchen Unattended While Cooking
Many accidents begin when someone is not paying attention. Don’t leave your food unattended while you are cooking. This can help reduce fire risk. If there are children or pets around, make sure that someone is keeping an eye on them.
Wear Appropriate Clothes
Be mindful of what you wear while cooking. Loose or baggy clothing could get caught on the stove while you are cooking. You definitely do not want to burn your clothes, or you body. Wear clothes that will not get in your way as you bake your Thanksgiving roast.
Sometimes it can be easy to forget what appliances are on, especially if you are preparing many dishes at once. Once you are done using the appliance, unplug it. Leaving appliances plugged in after using it could become a fire or general safety hazard.
Keep Your Prep Area Clean
Cooking can get messy sometimes. Do your best to try to keep the cooking and preparation area clean. It can be helpful to clean as you go to avoid creating a bigger mess. Having a messy or disorganized prep area can make cooking more stressful and difficult. It can also cause accidental cross-contamination, especially if you are working with raw meats. Don’t forget to wash your hands often!
Brush up on Home Insurance
Talk to your insurance agent to make sure that your home is ready for the craziness of Thanksgiving. Though Thanksgiving is a happy time of year, there are fire and liability risks to think about. Accidents can happen, even if you prepare well. Make sure that your insurance is ready just in case something unplanned occurs. At Encharter we are more than happy to assist you in finding the best insurance for you and your family.
This Thanksgiving, enjoy the presence of good company. Stay on top of the food preparation and cooking. And have a wonderful holiday full of good food!