Gobble Gobble!!! It’s Turkey Time!
Now that we are done with pumpkin, goblin and ghoul time, the day of turkey, friends and family is just ahead! Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on everything positive in your life, to remember what it is to be thankful for what you have. It is time to catch up with loved ones and share a day of conversation while “stuffing” our faces.
However, one important thing I have discovered through my research is: kitchens are the #1 place in a home that fires are found to start, more than any other room in a house. So to avoid a total and utter turkey day nightmare, here are some simple tips to keep in mind while cooking:
Make sure your smoke alarm is working properly and you have a fire extinguisher ready to go.
Do not wear loose clothing that can hang over burners while you are cooking (so you don’t end up the main course).
Make sure the underside of your stove burners (if not electric) are cleaned well before you begin, free of any pieces of food that can start smoking while cooking.
Keep any cooking utensils away from any hot surface you are using.
Stay in the kitchen while you have anything cooking (grilling, broiling, boiling, etc.) on the stove. If you must step away, either turn off the stove or have someone else keep an eye on things.
Go over safety rules with any children present. Tell them to remain outside of the kitchen while any hot surfaces are on.
Keeping those simple things in mind will help keep you and your loved ones safe and ready for a fantastic day!
(Truly the worst thing that can happen besides a fire is the infamous “get too many family members together in one room” syndrome — otherwise known as the argument. Sorry I cannot help you there, except to just wish you the best of luck!)