BMR’s Thanksgiving Kitchen Safety Tips

We love all our customers as well as our fellow Orange County residents, and that’s why we’ve decided to write this post. It’s a fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, that Thanksgiving Day is the leading day of the whole year for home fires involving cooking equipment.

It’s not a surprise, really. Unlike Christmas, Hanukkah and other December holidays in America, Thanksgiving is all about the food. Not just a little bit, either. It’s about the turkey, the whole turkey and nothing but the full-monty turkey dinner.

So, whatever you’re cooking up this Thursday, please remember these tips that come to you both from all of us at BMR Insurance Agency, but also the NFPA:

  • Before you even step foot in the kitchen to cook, make sure your fire alarms are working. Test them and replace the batteries if you’re not sure.
  • Don’t leave the kitchen unattended when cooking on the stovetop. Keep an eye on the food as accidents can happen in an instant.
  • Is your turkey in the oven? Then don’t leave the house empty. Make sure someone is in the home when its cooking and that they check on it frequently.
  • Keep kids out of the kitchen as much as possible during this busy time. Prepare games, puzzles, books or movies to keep them occupied, or get them involved in cooking prep that can be done outside of the kitchen, like topping green beans or shucking corn.
  • If you can’t keep them out of the kitchen, make sure kids stay away from the stove. The oven and range will be hot, and children should stay outside a three-foot radius of it.
  • The steam and/or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee can cause serious burns, so make sure children stay away from hot food, especially if it is on a buffet table within their reach. Be reminded that a turkey baster is not a toy.
  • Keep the kitchen floor clear so that you don’t trip over toys, purses, grocery bags or even those children!
  • Fairly obvious, but bears repeating: Keep knives away from children (and guests who have been drinking).
  • Watch for loose electric cords! An electric cord dangling off the counter could be very attractive to a child, and one pull could bring an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer, mixer or other appliance down on them.
  • Keep matches and lighters in a high cabinet, locked if possible, to keep them away from children.
  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle or lit chafing dishes. Never leave them alone in the kitchen with food cooking in the oven or on the stove.

Wondering if your homeowners insurance will cover an accident if you decide to deep fry your turkey? (P.S. we don’t recommend it, but you probably are covered.) What about if the kids flood the bathroom while you’re busy getting dinner ready? What if you’re renting? (Your landlord’s insurance won’t cover it.)

Give BMR Insurance a call to make sure you’re fully protected from Thanksgiving incidents. And please have a wonderful Thanksgiving! We have a lot to be thankful for—our customers! (714) 838-1911

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