TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Thanksgiving is all about food and family, but preparing holiday meals can lead to disaster. The kitchen is the setting of more fires than any other room in the house, and cooking is the leading cause of house fires. The American Red Cross has safety steps to use while preparing the Thanksgiving feast.
"We want folks to have a safe holiday," said Ken Robinson, regional COO of the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio. "We have steps they can follow to avoid ruining their holiday with a cooking fire."
Cooks should start by not wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves. Never leave cooking food unattended – stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, he or she should turn off the stove.
Other safety steps include:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission also offers the following safety guidelines for anyone planning to use a turkey fryer this season:
For safest operation, CPSC staff recommends consumers follow these guidelines as they prepare to use a turkey fryer:
Another helpful step is to download the Red Cross First Aid app, which puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in someone's hand. Available for iPhone and Android devices, the official Red Cross First Aid app gives instant access to the information needed to handle the most common first aid emergencies. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple, step-by-step advice, it's never been easier to know first aid.
House fires are the worst disaster threat to families in the United States. The Northwest Ohio Region assisted more than 500 families after home fires last year. To learn how to prevent a fire in the home and how to keep members of the household safe, download The Red Cross Fire Prevention and Safety Checklist.
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