The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. Kids love to be involved in holiday preparations. Safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving
Day when there is a lot of activity and people at home.
Did you know?
Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the
stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check
on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be
hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids.
The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee
could cause serious burns.
- Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys,
pocketbooks or bags.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children.
- Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee
maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the
counter within easy reach of a child.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of
children — up high in a locked cabinet.
- Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them
by pushing the test button.
Have activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during this busy time. Games, puzzles or books can keep them busy. Kids can get involved in Thanksgiving preparations with
recipes that can be done outside the kitchen.