Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends and holiday feasts, which make it an important time to keep safety top-of-mind. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly four times more home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than on a typical day.
Skanska has an Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) team that uses a series of standard policies and procedures to help keep people safe. The same mindset that helps us avoid incidents on a jobsite can keep you safe at home.
From fire prevention to the general safety and well-being of everyone in your home during the holiday, the safety tips listed below can help you prevent potentially dangerous accidents:
Always stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food.
Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
Designate a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove.
If you use a turkey fryer, make sure it is outdoors and in an open area away from all walls, fences or other structures that could catch on fire. Place it away from moisture that can cause serious burns from steam or splattering hot oil. Click here to watch a short video on the dangers of turkey fryers.
Be sure that electric cords from an electric knife are not dangling off the counter within reach of a child.
For more Thanksgiving safety tips from the American Red Cross, click here. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!