The holidays can be hectic with guests visiting your home, entertaining, and making meals for a lot of people. Follow these Thanksgiving safety tips for an accident-free holiday with your loved ones.

Kitchen fires on Thanksgiving day are the number one cause of emergencies, with burns or scalds following at a close second. In more than half of those house fire instances, unattended cooking was the primary cause. By implementing simple but useful Thanksgiving safety tips, you have a stress-free successful holiday for your whole family.

15 Ways to Increase Safety During the Holidays

  1. Never leave hot appliances or food that is being cooked unattended.
  2. Don’t prepare food while under the influence of alcohol, and offer to take over the cooking if the person responsible is under the influence.
  3. Keep children and pets at least 3 feet from food prep and cooking areas.
  4. Always use a timer when cooking or baking.
  5. Turn pot handles away from the front of the stove and use the back burner whenever possible.
  6. To avoid tripping hazards, keep appliance cords secure and out of pathways through the home.
  7. Always use an oven mitt or potholder for hot pans.
  8. Never hold a child while cooking or when holding hot food or liquid.
  9. Keep flammable items and materials away from cooking areas.
  10. Clear clutter from the floor to prevent falls.
  11. Keep hot food and liquids away from the edge of countertops.
  12. Test your smoke detectors before beginning holiday food preparation. Replace the batteries if necessary.
  13. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and learn how to use it.
  14. Don’t wear loose clothing that may fall onto a flame or into a hot liquid.
  15. Unplug any appliances that are not being used.

Final Thoughts On Thanksgiving Safety

Thanksgiving should be a time for family, making happy memories, and giving thanks. Don’t let your Thanksgiving become an emergency situation by following these tips for a safe holiday.

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