Safety Tips For Thanksgiving Chefs

Posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Chips Restaurants

Did you know that Thanksgiving day is a popular day for house fires? According to the Wall Street Journal, “Thanksgiving sees roughly twice as many such incidents as the typical November day” when it comes to claims that are filed for cooking and grease related fires. With that said, we feel it is extremely important to discuss a few safety tips that all Thanksgiving chefs should keep in mind this year; see below:

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Be available: Even if your food has a long cook time, you shouldn’t see that as an open invitation to run last minute errands while your stove and oven does all the work. To make sure that no cooking mishaps take place, you should be readily available to check on your food at any given moment.

Be aware: It can be easy to forget to turn off the oven after the cooking is done, but leaving appliances like this on for long periods of time could be a hazard. Before you sit down for dinner or even before bed that evening, check to make sure that everything has been turned off.

Be organized: Though they may seem harmless, items such as pot holders and oven mitts can be flammable. Therefore, you should never leave any near the stove or any other kitchen appliance you’re using that day. Same goes for plastic and paper bags – if you know there are some items you need to store after you finish cooking,  have a designated area for the packaging elsewhere in your kitchen so that all of your supplies are in one, safe spot.

In addition to the above, don’t forget to test your smoke detectors before Thanksgiving and invest in a fire extinguisher if you don’t have one already. Furthermore, you may want to make a list of emergency phone numbers such as your local police and fire department so that you have them handy should the need for them arise.

For more Thanksgiving safety tips, please click here.

From all of us at Chip’s Family Restaurant, we’d like to wish you and your family a very happy and safe Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day!