by Jim Buell, 2nd Asst. Chief Shelburne Fire Department
This Thanksgiving holiday, the kitchen becomes a very active place in our homes. There are a lot of people around; our children (and other adults) all want to help with the preparations for a yummy meal, but safety is also an important part of the day. Take a few minutes to practice some basic safety tips, and we can all be thankful for another fantastic and safe holiday.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking and keep a watchful eye on your food.
- Stay in the house so that you are aware if things go awry.
- Keep little ones away from the stove to avoid burn injuries.
- Keep the floor clear of items and wipe up any spills to avoid slip-and-fall hazards.
- Keep sharp objects, like knives, far away from the reach of small children.
- Be sure the cords on your electric appliances are kept away from the sink and are not frayed or tied in knot – or anything that may cause a failure and start an electrical fire.
- Keep track of matches and lighters and place candles in secure, non-tip containers.
- Make sure your smoke detectors are working and everyone is aware of your home escape plan and family meeting place.
On behalf of the membership of the Shelburne Fire Department and all of Shelburne’s Emergency Services (Police, Dispatch, Fire, and EMS), we want to wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving and a happy Hanukah, as this joyous season begins. And remember…
Fire Prevention/Safety isn’t just one week of the year, but all 52!