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Fire Safety Tips for The Holidays

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The holiday season is a wonderful time for family and friends to come together and enjoy a delicious meal, but it can also be a potentially dangerous situation. Thousands of homes across the United States experience an emergency on Christmas, so be sure to practice these safety tips courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association:

Remain in the kitchen while you’re cooking, and keep a close eye on what you fry! Always stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove. Regularly check on food that’s simmering, baking or roasting, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.

Stay in the home when cooking your main dish and check on it frequently.


Keep any items that can catch fire such as oven mitts, recipes, towels, and food packaging away from the stove.


Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 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.


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 a room with a lit candle.


Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.


If you’re cooking a turkey using a disposable aluminum pan, consider doubling up and using two pans to avoid a puncture, as dripping turkey juices can cause an oven fire.


If you have a small (grease) cooking fire on the stove-top and decide to fight the fire: Smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.


In the event of a serious fire at home, call 911 or your local fire department right away.

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