Cook the Turkey Not the Garage in Ottawa County
Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries with Thanksgiving being the peak day for cooking-related fires. Review the following safety tips to ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday. Click here to see a scary demonstration of how quickly a food related fire can get started.
- Never leave cooking food unattended-stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time they should turn off the stove.
- Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
- Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a "kid free zone" and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove
- Keep anything flammable; pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
- Do Not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking
- Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
- Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen. Contact your local fire department for training on the proper use of extinguishers. (click here)
- Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
Install smoke alarms near the kitchen, on each level of the home or business, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.
SERVPRO of Muskegon and Holland/ W. Ottawa County wishes your a safe and happy holiday season.