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Stay safe in the kitchen this holiday season

We’re quickly approaching the holiday season, which means family gatherings, cooler weather and delicious recipes. But, with all of the celebration comes extra precaution. Take a few holiday safety measures this season to make sure your plans aren't interrupted by bigger problems.

Kitchen safety 
Cooking comes with its own set of safety precautions, especially when frying is involved. Take extra precaution when using turkey fryers and stay in the kitchen while something is in the oven or on the stove to prevent fires. 

With the enchanting aromas of family meals being prepared, children and pets might become curious. Be sure to watch out for any extra sets of hands (or paws) near hot surfaces and clean up any spills quickly. You wouldn’t want anyone to trip and hurt or burn themselves on the stove. 

Fire hazards
Before greeting your guests, be sure to install and test your home’s smoke alarms. If they need new batteries, add it to your grocery list and replace them before you start cooking. 

If you’re worried about keeping your home cozy and warm this winter, be wary of portable heating devices. Heated blankets, space heaters and other electric heaters can provide needed comfort in cold months, but when left unattended, they can pose major fire hazards. To be safe, do not leave heated devices plugged in when they’re not in use and do not run them for extended periods of time. 

Carefully guard your fireplace. Using a fireplace can be an inexpensive way to heat your home in the winter. However, only light a fire with a fire screen or guard to protect children and animals, and always make sure the fire is completely extinguished before leaving the house or going to sleep. 

As you get cozy and enjoy time with your family this holiday season, remember to keep these tips top of mind. Happy Thanksgiving!