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Holiday Cooking Safety: Avoiding Fires and Burn Injuries

Steve Wagner

It’s the joyous time of year for holiday festivities, but for many that means it’s time for home fires and insurance claims. More home heating fires and kitchen fires happen during the Thanksgiving/Christmas season than any other time of the year.

When you’re preparing and cooking for your Thanksgiving feast this year, keep a few safety tips in mind to help you avoid kitchen fires and burn injuries for you and everyone assisting you in the kitchen.

  • Don’t leave your stovetop unattended, especially when you are operating multiple burners at the same time. All it takes is for one pan to boil over and ignite another burner, and before you know it, your whole stove is up in flames. Keep your eyes on the stove!
  • Don’t lay accessories or packages near hot surfaces. It’s easy to set your spoon down, or take the plastic wrapping off of something and set it on the counter rather than throw it away, but these mindless acts can lead to melting objects, nasty smells, and even fires.
    Keep dangerous objects away from children, and keep children away from dangerous areas. This includes keeping kids away from stove eyes and hot pans, as well as keeping knives and other dangerous utensils away from the kids. Be mindful of where you set things, and it is always helpful to have a second set of eyes to watch the little ones while you are busy cooking.
  • Don’t overload your kitchen outlets. It may be tempting to plug in multiple items on one wall (mixers, blenders, electric knives, crock pots, warmers, etc.) but overloading a circuit can cause an electrical short. Not only can this do damage to your wires, but it could start an electrical fire.
  • If you choose to deep-fry a turkey, it is important to know what you’re doing and to follow any and all safety instructions and protocols, as deep-frying turkeys can be hazardous and dangerous. These tips come from the great William Shatner on how to deep fry a turkey in the safest way possible:

What other tips do you have to offer? Have you had personal experience with a cooking fire or kitchen injury? We would love to have you share with our readers so we can help prevent future injuries and keep everyone safe this holiday!

If you have suffered an injury from a defective product or from a home fire, give the personal injury attorneys at Wagner Reese a call and let us assist you with your recovery. You can reach us to schedule a free consultation at (888) 204-8440.


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