The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the upcoming holidays. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, the NMSU Fire Department wants you to remember that by following a few simple safety tips, you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.
– Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
– Be on alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
– Keep anything that can catch fire – oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains- away from your stovetop.
– Keep children away from the stove or hot foods and liquids
– Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
– 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 reach of children- up high in a locked cabinet.
– The National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil. As they are currently designed, they are not suitable for safe use by even a well-informed and careful consumer. See this YouTube video from the NFPA at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjUynq0HXdQ&t=43s.
For more tips on kitchen safety, visit the NFPA website at https://www.nfpa.org.