By Captain Chad Kelly for The Island Connection
There is nothing better than family, friends, good food, and football to help us realize how much we have to be thankful for during the holidays. However, the same things listed can cause distractions and danger while preparing the food. We at St. Johns Fire District and NFPA would like for you to keep the following in mind during the Thanksgiving Holiday.
• 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.
• Make sure the turkey is completely thawed prior to placing it into hot oil.
• Never use a gas turkey fryer indoors.
• Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 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 the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
• 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.
• Do not overload outlets or extension cords. Use grounded power strips with overcurrent protection.
• 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.
• Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
• Have your chimney inspected annually prior to using the fire place.
Please follow these tips for a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving from St. Johns Fire District. As always if you have any questions, would like a fire and life safety program or need a smoke alarm installed feel free to contact the St. John’s Fire/Rescue, Fire Prevention Division.