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Don’t burn that turkey!

turkey-cookingNo one wants to eat a burned turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, and we all definitely want to avoid a kitchen fire. Have a safe holiday with these cooking safety tips.

  • Remain in the kitchen when  you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay inside the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot, and a good rule of thumb is to keep children three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee can cause serious burns.
  • 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 by placing them up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
  • The National Fire Prevention Association also discourages the use of outdoor, gas-fueled turkey fryers.

Reproduced from NFPA’s website, (c) NFPA 2014.