Thanksgiving safety: Baton Rouge Fire Department offers tips for a safe holiday

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WVLA/WGMB)– Prepping for Thanksgiving can get hectic, but it doesn’t have to be hazardous. The Baton Rouge Fire Department provided a set of safety tips to keep you and your family safe on November 28.

Staying in your home — especially in your kitchen — can help you do more than just making sure your food doesn’t burn. Checking on your turkey frequently can help you prevent, notice or address any safety problems cooking can cause.

You’ll need to keep an eye on more than just your food, though. Make sure children stay a minimum of three feet away from the stove, and keep them away from food and liquids until they cool off. The steam or splashes from vegetables, gravy or coffee can cause some serious burns.

Keep knives away from children, too, and make sure chords to Thanksgiving essentials like plate warmers or mixers are not dangling or within the reach of children.

Keep matches away from children and make sure to supervise them around lit candles. Also test your smoke alarm prior to cooking to ensure it’s working properly.

Keep the floor clean so you or your children don’t trip over anything, which could cause injury or ruin dishes you worked so hard to perfect.

One way to avoid these hazards altogether is to find ways to occupy children outside of the kitchen. Sit them down in another room with a book, a tablet or a puzzle that will maintain their interest and distract them from what’s cooking. If you want to let children help with food preparations, consider doing it outside to reduce safety risks while giving your Thanksgiving traditions a unique twist.

For more information, call the Baton Rouge Fire Department at (225) 354-1410.

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