Dont’ let carelessness or inattention ruin your Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday meals. Cooking-related fires peak on Thanksgiving. This holiday season, add these kitchen safety ingredients to your recipes for safe and happy meals.
Supervision is key. Never leave food cooking on the stovetop unattended and regularly check food cooking inside the oven.
Get in the zone. Keep children and pets away from the cooking area and turn pan handles in, but away from hot elements and burners. Keep the cooking area clear of anything that can burn — towels, pot holders, food packaging, etc.
Roll ’em up. Wear short or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto burners and catch fire.
Keep a cool head. For a range-top fire, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by turning off the burner and carefully sliding a lid onto the pan, leaving it inplace until well cooled. Don’t use water or flour on a grease fire.
Use the right tools. A multi-purpose fire extinguisher is great for grease fires, but make sure you know how to use it to avoid spreading the fire.
Prevent flame spread. If you have an oven fire, immediaely turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed to prevent the flames from spreading.
Courtesy of Carolina Country, November 2011