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Kitchen Safety Tips to be Thankful For
With Thanksgiving almost upon us, the focus shifts to the battleground that is the kitchen. Preparing the family feast may be one of the busiest days of the year for your kitchen, and with all of that activity, it’s only natural to take some extra precautions.
Cooking is a fun and fulfilling activity, especially during the holidays. The added activity, however, means that there are a few more things to keep in mind for everything to come out tasty and safely.
First, always have eyes on all activity going on in the kitchen. When you have stoves cooking, ovens baking and knives lying around, it is critical for you or someone else to always pay attention during the cooking process. If something overheats or a pot boils over, things can get serious very quickly. Never underestimate how quickly small accidents can turn into deadly hazards.
Being safe and responsible will almost always mean things will go smoothly, but never disregard how fast things can change.
When in the kitchen, the biggest precautions are taken when it comes to heat and fire. With multiple things cooking on the stove and the oven working overtime, heat can be your biggest problem. Before cooking, be sure to test your smoke detectors and replace old batteries if needed. Smoke detectors will be your first warning that something is wrong and will help prevent a small incident from turning into a big one.
Take extra care when using oils and excess fats when cooking. Flare-ups can be dangerous and hard to control when they happen, so be extra careful to make sure they don’t come in direct contact with flames. If a flare-up does happen, don’t fight it with water. Water, especially when used in oil fires, actually makes things worse by splashing hot oil and feeding flames.
When fighting a flare, immediately remove the pot from the heat source and top it with a lid. This is to choke out a flame rather than douse it when fighting a small kitchen fire.
We know the house can get crowded during the holidays. With so many more people and children in the home, it’s important to pay special attention when kid-proofing your kitchen. Keep children away from knives as well as stoves and hot dishes. If you have any appliances plugged in, make sure wires are out of the way and not available for children to tug at or trip on. If the kids want to help cook, always make sure they’re supervised. Also, make sure there are no toys or other objects on the floor that might lead to a fall.
Give Thanks Through Safety
Putting together the perfect Thanksgiving feast can be fun for the whole family and safety plays a huge roll in that. At Shepard Walton King, we provide the peace of mind needed to make sure family is your only focus during the holidays. If you would like to learn more about the coverage options we can find for you, and to get a free quote, get in touch with us or call 800.446.2471.