Practice safe cooking this holiday season

All of us at the American Red Cross wish you a happy holiday season! We want to ensure that your holidays don’t turn blue so we’ve decided to brush you up on some kitchen fire safety tools. The holidays bring with them happiness and joy, however, they also bring tales of forgetfulness and woe. We ask that you turn down Mariah Carey’s “ All I Want for Christmas” for a brief moment and review your kitchen fire safety plans.

• When you’re baking your famous pecan rolls or cooking your holiday roast, ensure that you have set a timer for your food. Check it regularly, and remain in the house for the duration of time it takes to finish.
• If you’re frying, grilling or broiling food always remember to stay in the kitchen. In the instance that you have to leave remember to turn the stove off.
• The best way to prevent a fire is to remain alert. Try to refrain from drinking alcohol or taking medication that might make you drowsy while cooking.
• Keep anything that can catch on fire – potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, and curtains away from the stove top.
• Ensure that your oven, stovetop and burners are clean.
• Wear short, or tightly rolled sleeves while cooking. Looser clothing is more likely to catch on fire.

Remember these tips when you’re cooking this week and your holidays will be anything but bleak!

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