As the holiday season reaches its zenith with family gatherings, festive activities and elaborate meals, let’s not forget about the importance of safety in the kitchen. The peak day for home cooking fires is Thanksgiving followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
Here are some tips to keep in mind while preparing food for the holidays.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food.
- If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check on it regularly.
- Keep kids and pets away from the stove. Maintain a three-foot “kid-free” zone around the stove.
- Keep anything that can catch fire–oven mitts, wooden utensils, curtains, decorations–away from your stovetop.
Project Holiday, NFPA’s campaign to educate the public about potential fire risks during the holidays offers additional tips, statistics, reports, videos, and other resources geared toward safety.