Fire marshall urges families to practice safety on Thanksgiving
RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin reminds families that safety in the kitchen is always important, but it is especially so on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at the home.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.
“With so much going on, I want to make sure that families take precautions to make the holiday a happy one,” said Goodwin. “One way to do that is to keep some safety tips in mind while preparing that big Thanksgiving meal.”
Goodwin recommends taking the following safety measures:
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 three 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.
Organize activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during this busy time.
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.
In addition, the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal strongly discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil. These turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures, and units currently available for home use pose a significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property.