OFD Shares Thanksgiving Safety Tips


The Ottumwa Fire Department wants to remind citizens to always practice fire safety in the kitchen during the holiday season. Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.

Some top safety tips to remember are:
 Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
 Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
 Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
 Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or
coffee could 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.
 Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
 Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
 Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

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