Getting ready to prepare that Thanksgiving dinner?
Start your holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven. Keep kitchen clutter away from the stove's heat ~ that goes for dish towels and pot holders as well.
While cooking, remember to turn pot handles in away from a child's reach. In the case of a grease fire ~ never throw water ~ that will only make it worse! Instead cover with a lid or smother with baking soda.
Appliances should be in good working order and never overload electrical outlets.
When cooking, do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or dangling jewelry. The clothing can catch on fire and the jewelry can catch on pot handles, causing spills and burns.
Always keep your eye on cooking food. Try this so you don't forget you're cooking ~ put a wooden spoon in your apron or back pocket. That way if you get distracted or go into another room ~ as soon as you realize you have that wooden spoon on you ~ you'll remember you were cooking!
Getting ready to decorate?
Keep all holiday decorations away from heat sources. Haystacks, cornstalks or any dried decorations are more prone to burning quickly.
If you're using a fresh Christmas tree, make sure the needles are not shedding. Check the water level daily! If you're using an artificial tree, make sure it is flame retardant. Never decorate metal trees with electric lights and never connect more than 3 strands of lights together.
If you're using candles, keep them away from curtains & other combustibles. Never put candles near exits or windows ~ if the fire originates there, you may not have a way out. Candles should be located where children will not be tempted to play with them and where guests will not accidentally brush against them.
Ready to enjoy a night in front of the fire?
Always use a fire screen for your fireplace. Never overload your fireplace and don't burn trash or wrapping paper ~ it can cause an explosion. Never leave your fireplace unattended while burning and have it inspected at least once a year.
Safe and happy holidays to you and your family.
For additional tips please contact Cinda Seamon, Fire & Life Safety Educator, Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue, 843-682-5141.