Crowded kitchens, overused appliances and cooking distraction make accidents on Thanksgiving all too common. Before you baste the bird, make sure your kitchen is ready for company:
- Stay in the house when cooking your turkey and in the kitchen when cooking on the stove.
- Turn all handles towards the back or side. A crowded kitchen could lead to handles getting bumped and hot liquids being spilled.
- Make sure cords are not dangling from the counters.
- Keep any packaging, paper or utensils away from the stove or hot pots and pans.
- Quickly clean all liquid spills to avoid falls.
- Move knives and sharp cooking utensils out of children’s reach.
- Check smoke detectors before you begin cooking.
The National Fire Protection Association does not recommend using turkey fryers. If you are using a fryer, take extreme caution. From the high temperature of the oil to the vulnerable frying stands, turkey deep fryers often lead to last minute trips to the emergency room.