Thanksgiving presents a challenge to even the most experienced home cook. You’re likely preparing more dishes than you normally do and feeding more mouths than you normally feed on any given evening. We want you to be freed up to focus on creating a great meal, not putting out literal or figurative fires, so we’ve put together these Thanksgiving cooking safety tips.
- When standing over the stove, keep your clothing tucked back. Make sure your apron strings are tied behind—not in front—and that any loose fitting sleeves are rolled up.
- Keep kids and pets out of the kitchen. Although they’re cute, they’re also distracting.
- Make sure your regularly clean all of your cooking surfaces. This prevents grease building, minimizing your risk for fires, and diminishes your risk of having to deal with foodborne illnesses.
- Never leave a stovetop unattended. It’s also a good idea to make sure all ovens, crockpots, and other kitchen appliances are turned off before you go to bed on Thanksgiving. With the craziness of the holiday, it’s not uncommon for little things like turning them off to be forgotten!
- Test the smoke alarm near your kitchen and pop some fresh batteries in it before you start cooking.
- Consider doing some of your prep work in advance. If you’ve already got your veggies chopped, for example, you won’t have to worry about slicing your finger while you’re rushing to put together a salad by the time your turkey comes out of the oven.
Happy Thanksgiving from the whole team at Idaho Insurance / Affordable Insurance! Contact us for all of your insurance needs in Caldwell and throughout Idaho. We’re committed to getting you and your family the policies you need at the price you deserve. Don’t leave yourself exposed this holiday season; call us today!