10 Holiday Cooking Safety Tips to Prevent Christmas Smoke

10 Holiday Cooking Safety Tips to Prevent Christmas Smoke

Mary Boyle, EastIdahoNews.com

IDAHO FALLS – Millions of people will gather at Christmas to enjoy time with loved ones and a delicious holiday dinner. Since cooking is the number one cause of home fires, the American Red Cross offers the following fire safety tips:

  • Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on every floor of your home, near sleeping areas and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with the doors closed. Use the test button to check it every month. Replace all batteries at least once a year if your smoke alarm requires it.
  • Do not wear loose clothing or drooping sleeves while cooking.
  • If you are frying, grilling or broiling food, never leave it unattended – stay in the kitchen. If you leave the kitchen even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • If you’re braising, baking, roasting or grilling food, check it regularly.
  • Use a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on.
  • Keep children and pets away from the cooking area. Have them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
  • Keep anything that could catch fire — pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food wrappers, towels or curtains — away from the stove, oven or other kitchen appliance that generates heat.
  • Clean cooking surfaces regularly to prevent grease buildup.
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the house to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
  • Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to receive training on the proper use of fire extinguishers.

The Idaho Falls Fire Department recently held a live demonstration to illustrate the potential dangers of holiday cooking. Watch the demo video in the player above.

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