Safety & Security

Use caution in the kitchen this Thanksgiving

Refer to our tips for a safe holiday feast

Thanksgiving is about friends and family coming together to enjoy a meal and reflect on the things you’re thankful for. In addition to your holiday feast preparation, follow our kitchen safety tips to help ensure you have a fun and safe holiday. 

Don’t leave the kitchen unattended while you’re cooking 

If you have a turkey in the oven or sides on the stove, don’t walk away. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, this is a leading cause of kitchen fires. And cooking fires tend to happen more often around the holidays. 

Don’t forget the oven mitts 

While cooking, you will probably be taking pans out of ovens and moving around hot pots on the stove. Avoid burns with oven mitts, and be sure to use your oven’s back burners when possible to keep grease splashes and boiling liquids off your body. 

Move items that could catch fire away from the stove or other heat resources 

As you’re preparing your meal and your home for Thanksgiving, you probably have food baking in the oven, stove tops on, and maybe even some candles burning to get the fall aroma going. For your safety, be sure to move items like potholders, oven mitts, food packaging, towels, or paper away from these heat sources. 

Let your little helpers know about cooking safety 

You might be excited to teach your kids how to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner, but before you do, teach them about kitchen safety. If you’re teaching kids how to cook with the stove and oven, provide careful supervision. 

Unplug small appliances when not in use 

If you’re using kitchen appliances like a slow cooker, an indoor turkey fryer, or a hand mixer, remember to unplug them when you finish. This not only serves as another way to keep you safe, but it also saves you a little bit of money on energy use. 

Keep extension cords out of the kitchen 

If cords become too hot, damaged, or overheated while you’re cooking, they could cause fire or electric shock. 

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