TIFTON — Thanksgiving is time for family and food, but it is also the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
The NFPA and Atlantic Training have put out several Thanksgiving safety flyers that can keep you, your family and your home safe this turkey day.
• Wash your hands with soap and water. While this should be a no-brainer, it’s especially important to remember to wash if you’re going from greeting guests at the front door back to cooking, or if you’re moving from handling raw food to touching cooked food.
• Stay in the kitchen when you’re cooking on the stove top, or leave someone reliable to watch the food if you must step away.
• Keep children away from the stove, oven, deep-fryer and very hot foods and liquids.
• Keep knives out of reach of young children. Even a butter knife can cut skin, particularly if flung with enough force by a two year old.
• Make sure smoke alarms are working and have a means of putting out a fire within reach.
• Never leave a burning candle or fire, whether in a fireplace or in a fire pit, unattended and keep them either closed off or isolated.
• If a fire does start, remember to smother a grease fire with the pan lid, baking soda or a fire extinguisher. Never try to put it out with water.
• Drive the speed limit. We know you’re in a hurry to get to grandma’s sweet potato pie, but slow down, particularly if it’s wet, dark or you’re in heavy traffic.
• Give yourself extra time. Traffic will be heavy, so it’s important to assume there will be some sort or delay and leave earlier than you think you need to.
• If you’re bringing food from your house to another location, cook it a couple of days before and refrigerate it, than use a cooler to transport it. If you’re not going far, you can make it the day of and use a insulated container to keep it hot.
• If you’re going out of town, don’t advertise it on social media and take steps to make it look like someone is home. Use a timer to make lights turn on and off.
• Do not give your pets parts of your Thanksgiving meal, particularly turkey bones, since they can splinter and cause intestinal damage
• Try to make sure that pets aren’t able to jump up and get to the food. Either push the dishes back from the edge of the table or counter or put the pet in another room so they can’t beg.
• Make sure pets can’t get into the garbage. They might be going for the table scraps but could end up eating aluminum foil, plastic food coverings or bones.
• Never give pets anything with chocolate or alcohol in it. Both can lead to death.