Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! If you’re preparing your family’s holiday meal, you may feel rushed and overwhelmed with all the cooking, which end up being very dangerous.

According to the USFA, Thanksgiving is the nation’s leading holiday for fires and injuries caused by cooking. To help prevent danger during this holiday’s festivities, follow these safety tips:

  • Work with clean appliances. Before cooking, be sure to remove food or grease from your oven, burners, and stove top. Leftover food and grease can easily catch fire from the smallest spark.
  • Stock up on pot holders! There are a lot of hot pots and pans being used in a short amount of time and the last thing you want to do is grab a hot pan and burn yourself. Do not use a towel to grab a hot pot or pan, the heat will quickly move through the towel burning your hand!
  • While cooking, turn your pot handles to the side. A handle hanging over the edge of a stovetop is very tempting for small children to try to grab, and makes for an easy target to run into, causing hot food to spill/splash everywhere.
  • Keep children away from the oven or stovetop. Using the back burners of the stove will help keep hot pots out of the reach of children.
  • Do not leave cooking food unattended. Food or other materials can quickly catch fire, so keeping a close eye is important.

Bonus Tip: Do not use water to try to extinguish a grease fire – smother the flame with four or salt instead. Water will only cause the fire to spread faster.

  • Clear the kitchen floor. Make sure all backpacks, shoes, toys, etc. are picked up off the floor so nobody trips over anything while carrying a hot pot.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. If a small fire sparks, you’ll want to grab it immediately and begin to smother the flame while someone else calls 9-1-1.

The NFPA strongly discourages the use of turkey fryers due to their high temperatures and use of oil. The combination of high heat and oil can cause very serious injuries and dangerous fires. If you do choose to use a turkey fryer for your holiday feast, please be very cautious and follow these safety tips:

  • Never leave the fryer unattended
  • Never use a turkey fryer inside, in the garage, or on a covered patio
  • Do not overfill with oil. Fill your fryer with water first and mark the water line. Then, submerge the turkey to make sure the water does not overflow
  • Do not allow children near the fryer, as they can easily tip over
  • Be aware that the sides, top, and handle may be extremely hot
  • Turn off the gas supply immediately if you begin to see smoke

We hope these safety tips keep you, your family, and your home safe. Happy Thanksgiving!