With the Thanksgiving Holiday just around the corner, cooks everywhere are pulling out family recipes and loading up on ingredients. Safe Kids Grand Forks wants to remind cooks of all ages to stay safe in the kitchen and throughout the home. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
– The threat of fires in the kitchen triples on Thanksgiving Day.
– From 2009 through 2011, there was an average of about 1,300 cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day.
– This is more than three times the average daily rate from 2009 through 2011 of about 400 cooking fires a day.
“As fire safety experts have said for years, ‘Stand by your pan!’” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. When it comes to fires in the home, cooking fires are number one. Unattended cooking is the top cause of cooking fires. Cooking fires also caused the most home fire-related injuries, with an estimated annual average of nearly 27 percent, or 3,450 injuries each year.
– Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing with long sleeves near ranges or ovens.
– Watch children closely so they don’t come into contact with cooking food or hot stovetops. Create a “no-kid” zone around the stove and oven.
– Turn pan handles toward the back of the stove to prevent kids and others from spilling a pan’s scalding contents onto themselves.
– Cook on the back burners when possible.
In the event of a fire, call 911:
– Cover a pan with a lid to smother the flames.
– Never pour water or flour on a fire. That can make it worse.
In recent years, turkey fryers have become quite popular. Turkey fryer fires can be explosive and result in serious burns, often occurring when people put a frozen turkey into hot oil.
– Only use a turkey fryer outside and away from your home.
– Never use it in a garage or on a porch.
– Don’t overfill the oil or leave the turkey fryer unattended.
– Make sure that your turkey is not frozen prior to placing it in hot oil.
Consumers should also protect themselves by installing smoke alarms in their homes. Roughly three out of five home fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms save lives and having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a fire in half.
– Change the batteries in smoke alarms at least once every year and test the alarms every month to make sure they are working.
– Install more than one alarm and interconnect all smoke alarms in the home. Interconnected alarms speak to one another, so if there is a fire in one part of the house, the interconnected alarms sound throughout the house and alert consumers to the fire more quickly.
– Install alarms on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas and inside each bedroom, and use both ionization and photoelectric alarms.
Fire escape plans:
– Every family should have a fire escape plan as well.
– Practice the escape plan with everyone in the house so they can get out quickly.
– The escape plan should include two ways out of each room (as practical).
– Designate a family meeting place that is outside where everyone can meet if there is a fire in the home.
These tips are provided by Safe Kids Grand Forks, for information contact Safe Kids Grand Forks at firstname.lastname@example.org. Altru Health System is proud to serve as the lead agency for Safe Kids Grand Forks.