Warren County Fire Department issues Thanksgiving safety tips
Thanksgiving is a day full of enticing smells, good company and lots of laughs – but along with the enjoyable chaos is the reality that cooking fires are three times more likely to occur on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year.
The Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue is reminding everyone to be safe while cooking this week.
Below are some tips to ensure your Thanksgiving Day meal is a safe and enjoyable one:
•Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
•Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
•Keep anything that can catch fire – pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
•Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
•Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.
•Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
•Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.
The Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services is committed in providing you, your home and your family to proper tools and knowledge to have a safe holiday season. For more information, visit www.warrencountyfire.com or call 540-636-3830.
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