BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — While the coronavirus may have changed how Thanksgiving gatherings are taking place this year, the American Red Cross of Kern County & Eastern Sierra is still emphasizing the need for residents to protect themselves from cooking fires.
Thanksgiving is typically one of the peak days for cooking fires, which is the top cause of home fires in the U.S., according to the Red Cross. Most often, these emergencies are caused by unattended cooking. The Red Cross urges everyone to follow these safety tips:
- Keep an eye on what you fry. Never leave cooking food unattended. If you must leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- Move items that can burn away from the stove. This includes dishtowels, bags, boxes, paper and curtains. Also keep children and pets at least three feet away.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing while cooking.
- When frying food, turn the burner off if you see smoke or if the grease starts to boil. Carefully remove the pan from the burner.
- Keep a pan lid or a cookie sheet nearby. Use it to cover the pan if it catches on fire. This will put out the fire. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
Visit redcross.org/fire for more fire safety information.