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 The fever and excitement of the holiday season is here with us. But while every family is making preparations to have fun and share happy moments during family reunions, the merriment can be spoilt if things go wrong while you are travelling or in your kitchen. Routinely, home chefs will dig into their kitchen cabinets to pull out and dust dishes for casserole and wipe their roasting pans in readiness for the sumptuous meal.

Something interesting about cooking for holidays is that sometimes it is a crowd event involving the entire family. Can you imagine the madness, the laughter, the collisions, the arguments, and the confusion in a kitchen where every family member wants to prove their best culinary expertise? Apart from the unusually heavy human traffic concentrated in one place, if you add a constantly beeping microwave, stoves on which pots of boiling water are juggled, and an overladen oven with pans of roasting and baking delicacies, you will definitely see a picture of a place where a cooking accident can easily occur.

Even if you are alone in the kitchen, your effort to keep a handle on everything might misfire and cause a fire! And so it will not matter whether you are a super cook or not when things begin smoking during this Thanksgiving dinner preparations. For that reason, the Cheapest Auto Insurance says it is a good idea to have a few safety tips in mind so that with adequate plans, you will have an accident free dinner. These tips are recommendations by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association)

  • Ensure Your Smoke Detector is Functioning. You should not allow yourself to be caught off guard by a fire simply because your smoke detector is not functioning. Check it to make sure it is in good working condition. Having done that, on the material day, do not turn it off while the cooking is going on just because it is too sensitive to any whiff of smoke. Before you begin cooking, test the batteries and leave it on throughout. After all if it detects smoke that means it is doing its job perfectly.

  • Multitasking is a Good Accomplishment. But this is the time to avoid it completely. Whereas it is the best way of getting a lot done in the shortest possible time, too much of it can lead to problems. Let your guests and family know that the kitchen is out of bound for unwelcome help, children and pets. The worst you can do is to hold a child while you are cooking, and also get organized by freeing your cooktop of any unnecessary clutter. If you can help it, never use more than one pot on a burner.

  • Begin with a Clutter-free cooktop. Any form of clutter on your cooktop is not only a sign of disorganization, but also a recipe for an accident. And the presence of grease buildup and grime accumulation on the surface of the cooking area can easily ignite. To limit the likelihood of a grease fire, ensure that your cooktop and stoves or burners are thoroughly cleaned before you start your thanksgiving dinner going.

  • Buy Precooked Turkey. Of course the hallmark of any Thanksgiving dinner is the taste of homemade, crisp and succulent fried turkey. But if you use a fryer at home, the splattering of boiling oil may lead to burns if there is a spill. Also this could be a good starting point for a fire in your home. If you do not wish to buy your turkey precooked, you should consider cooking the bird using alternative methods like a smoker or a grill.

By following the tips above, you will avoid obvious risks that can turn your Thanksgiving from a celebration to an emergency.

Posted 7:57 AM

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