NEWBURY — Chief Douglas Janvrin and the Newbury Fire Department would like to provide safety tips to ensure residents stay safe while baking and preparing their holiday meals over the coming weeks.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, the day before Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas Eve.
“If left unattended, cooking food or oils could cause a fire, posing a serious danger to you, your loved ones and your home,” Chief Janvrin said. “Please make sure to always keep an eye on any food you are making, and be sure to keep children and pets away from any cooking tools that might cause them harm.”
To prevent any seasonal cooking home fires, the Newbury Department wishes to share the following tips from the National Fire Protection Agency so families can prepare holiday meals without the risk of tragedy:
- Never leave anything cooking unattended.
- Stay home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
- Keep children and pets away from the stove. Kids and pets should be kept three feet away from the stove.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee can cause serious burns.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children.
- Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
- Keep the kitchen and dining room floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags while cooking or handling food.
- Test your smoke alarms and make sure their batteries are replaced if needed.
If you have more questions about safely heating your home please contact the Newbury Fire Department at 978-462-2282.