According to the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department, Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for fires involving cooking equipment. Safety in the kitchen is extremely important, especially on Thanksgiving when there is a lot of activity and people around the house.

According to the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department, Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for fires involving cooking equipment. Safety in the kitchen is extremely important, especially on Thanksgiving when there is a lot of activity and people around the house.


In attempt to prevent tragic fires and make this Thanksgiving a first-safe and festive holiday, the department has offered the following tips on cooking safety.


• Stay in the kitchen when you’re cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.


• Stay in the home when cooking the turkey and check on it frequently.


• Keep children away from the stove. Kids should stay at least three feet away.


• Make sure kids stay away from hot foods and liquid. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.


• Keep the floor clean so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.


• Keep knives out of the reach of children.


• Be sure electrical 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.


• Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire if they come into contact with a gas flame or electric burner.


• Finally, make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.