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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Safe Holiday Dinners

Hints for a safe holiday dinner taken from the November 18, 2010 Southtownstar:

With pots boiling, ovens baking and skillets sizzling, holidays can be a hazardous day in the kitchen.

Advice for a safe holiday dinner:

  • Turn pot handles in, toward the stove:  Pot handles can get bumped when several people are bustling around a busy kitchen.  Turning them inward can keep them from being snagged.
  • Take a pot holder with you when you leave the kitchen:  This serves as a reminder when you leave the room to answer the door or greet relatives that there are dishes that need monitoring.  Always try to stay in the kitchen while food is cooking.
  • Don't hold your child while cooking:  Fussy children can get too close to hot pans and plates, causing them to get injured or fall out of your arms.
  • Don't wear loose-fitting clothing when cooking:  For women, holiday time can mean frilly blouses, which could easily catch fire over a stove.
  • Keep your cooking area clutter free:  Items on cluttered counters can get knocked into open flames, causing a fire.  And when it's time to take a finished dish off the stove, you won't be able to find a place to set it down.
  • Safety first:  Families should have working smoke alarms and fire extinguishers while cooking and discuss an escape plan if there is a fire.  Underwriters Laboratories also recommends keeping a flame-resistant oven mitt, pot holder or lid nearby to smother any flames.

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