When I was growing up black-eyed peas played a big role in our New Year’s Day observances. The tradition was passed down in my family for generations. My mother would soak the peas overnight before preparing. The aroma filled our kitchen.
Cooking is a major part of many New Year’s Day celebrations. But did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries? As part of the Put a Freeze on Winter Fires campaign, NFPA and the United States Fire Administration want to remind everyone to follow fire safety tips.
Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave, even for a short period of time, turn the stove off. If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check on it regularly and stay home while food is cooking. Use a timer to remind you that you are cooking. NFPA's videos help to reinforce safe behaviors in the kitchen and elsewhere in the home.
Our escape planning information tells us to “just get out” if we have a cooking fire. Close the door behind you to help contain the fire and call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
These are all important steps for a safe and happy New Year.