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Thanksgiving is all about food and family — turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and family time. However, preparing holiday goodies can lead to disaster — the kitchen is the setting of more fires than any other room in the house and cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home. The American Red Cross has safety steps to use while preparing the Thanksgiving feast.
“We want folks to have a safe holiday,” said Rahim Balsara, interim CEO of the American Red Cross in New Mexico “We have steps they can follow to avoid ruining their holiday with a cooking fire.”
The cooks should start by not wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. Never leave cooking food unattended — stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove.
Other safety steps include:
• 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.
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