Today’s tip: Stay safe while cooking for Thanksgiving
Did you know there are more cooking fires in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year?
That’s why the Minneapolis Fire Department encourages folks to follow these five simple rules whenever they’re cooking:
- Have working smoke alarms near the kitchen. (A photoelectric type is better to have near the kitchen.)
- Stay in the kitchen when using the stovetop. If you have to leave, turn the stovetop off until you return.
- Stay awake and remain in the house while using the oven. If you have to leave the house, turn the oven off.
- Keep your cooking area clean: keep towels, hot pads, storage containers and other combustibles away from the hot stove.
- Keep children and pets away from the oven and stove.
For more information about fire safety, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/fire. Or watch a kitchen fire safety video produced by the City of Minneapolis. The videos are available in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong on the City’s YouTube channel.
Published Nov. 26, 2013