BRIDGEWATER — Acting Chief Michael MacDermott and the Bridgewater Fire Department would like to provide safety tips to ensure residents stay safe while baking and preparing their holiday meals over the coming days and weeks.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, the day before Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas Eve.
“With the holidays quickly approaching, we want to remind our residents how to stay safe and avoid any cooking accidents this holiday season,” Acting Chief MacDermott said. “Thanksgiving contributes to the most home cooking fires every year so we advise all residents to stay alert, be cautious and avoid distractions while cooking.”
To prevent seasonal cooking home fires, the Bridgewater Fire Department wishes to share the following tips from the NFPA 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 3 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 any questions about cooking safety, please contact the Bridgewater Fire Department at 508-697-0900.