WHITMAN — Chief Timothy Grenno and the Whitman Fire Department would like to provide safety tips to ensure residents stay safe while baking and preparing their holiday meals over the coming weeks.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, the day before Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas Eve.
"If the proper care is not taken while cooking this holiday season, it is possible that a preventable accident could occur," Chief Grenno said. "Residents should take the appropriate precautions to ensure safety in the kitchen by never leaving cooking unattended and by keeping a close eye on children."
To prevent any seasonal cooking home fires, the Whitman Fire Department wishes to share the following tips from the National Fire Protection Association so families can prepare holiday meals without the risk of tragedy:
- Never leave anything cooking unattended.
- Stay home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
- Keep children and pets away from the stove. Kids and pets should be kept three feet away from the stove.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee can cause serious burns.
- 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.
- Keep the kitchen and dining room floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags while cooking or handling food.
- Test your smoke alarms and make sure their batteries are replaced if needed.
If you have any questions about home cooking safety, please contact the Whitman Fire Department at 781-447-7677.