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For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations. So keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.

General Thanksgiving Tips

· Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
· 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.
· Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
· Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Stay Alert

· To prevent cooking fires, you must be alert. You will not be alert if you are sleepy, have consumed alcohol, or have taken medicine or drugs that make you drowsy.

Watch What You Heat!

· The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
· Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food.
· If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the kitchen while food is cooking,
and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.

This information is originally from georgiafire.org. For more fire safety information visit their website!

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