20 Nov 10 Tips for Safe Thanksgiving Cooking

Thanksgiving is in just a few days! Whether you’re cooking the big meal or being cooked for, now is not a bad time for a quick refresher on cooking safety.

This coming week, people all across the country will be spending a little extra time in the kitchen. New and experienced chefs alike will be giving a Thanksgiving turkey their best shot, which may mean full bellies and happy families, but can also mean mishaps in the kitchen!

With some knowledge of kitchen safety and little extra care, however, problems can be easily avoided. Here are a few safety precautions you can always take when in the kitchen:

  1. Never leave cooking food unattended. If the stove, oven, or otherwise, is on, you should be supervising at all times. Always turn off all appliances and flames before leaving the kitchen.
  2. Keep flammable objects away from the stovetop. This includes cloth towels, oven mitts, and paper goods like paper towels or paper napkins.
  3. Keep children (and pets) out of the kitchen. The kitchen is already bound to be packed and busy on Thanksgiving, and kids will only add to the chaos. With sharp objects and hot surfaces, the kitchen is not a safe place for them to be.
  4. Keep all electrical appliances away from water. Similarly, don’t plug in or unplug any appliances if your hands are wet. Water is a conductor— combined with an electric current, it’ll leave you with a nasty shock.
  5. Never add water to a pan that has hot oil in it. Because oil and water don’t mix, the water will displace the hot oil and cause a dangerous splash.
  6. If a grease fire starts, cover the fire with a lid. Alternatively, you can throw baking soda or salt on it to smother it. Make sure that you don’t throw anything else on it. Baking powder, flour, and other powders can actually make the fire worse, and water, as previously mentioned, will simply splash the oil and spread the flames rather than stifle them.
  7. Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove. Pot handles that are sticking out can be knocked or bumped into. Not only can this cause messy spills, but is an invitation for their hot contents to burn you or others in the kitchen.
  8. Never use an oven mitt if it is wet or damp. The moisture in the fabric will quickly heat up when it comes in contact with a hot surface and can end up scalding your hand instead of protecting it.
  9. Wear fitted clothing, tie back long hair, and wear closed toed shoes in the kitchen. Loose hair and clothing can easily catch fire if it comes in contact with a hot surface or open flame. Closed-toed shoes will keep you from tripping and will help protect your feet from hot spills or dropped objects.
  10. If you’re thinking of deep frying – stay safe! Check out our tips here on how to safely prepare a deep fried turkey.

Even with all these tips, accidents still can happen. So before your Thanksgiving prep leaves you with a kitchen mess, give us a call at 508-528-5200 for a no obligation review of your Massachusetts Homeowners Insurance.


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