HOME SWEET HOME: Kitchen safety tips for your holiday season

HOME SWEET HOME: Kitchen safety tips for your holiday season

With all the chaotic holiday cooking, it’s important to be cautious and mindful of certain things as you dash across the kitchen. Below, State Farm experts have come up with a few ways to stay safe in your kitchen during the holiday season.

Prevent kitchen fires.

  • Play close attention to what you’re doing and to your surroundings.
  • Keep flammable items, such as oven mitts and towels, away from the stove.
  • Store a small fire extinguisher nearby.
  • If a stovetop fire starts, turn off the burner. Cover a grease stovetop fire with a lid (water can spread the fire).
  • Install smoke detectors, but keep them at least 10 feet from your stove to reduce the chances of false alarms. Test detectors monthly.

Beware of burns.

  • Turn pot handles in so they won’t get knocked.
  • Let microwaved food cool for a minute or two before handling.
  • Remove any lids carefully to avoid steam burns.

Banish bacteria that can make your family sick.

  • Clean your hands before and after handling food.
  • Wash countertops, cutting boards and utensils with hot soapy water when switching from one food to another.
  • Disinfect countertops and cutting boards regularly. Use 1 tablespoon of chlorine bleach per 1 gallon of water. Let sit for several minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Store cleaners, soaps and sprays where children and pets can’t get to them.

  • If you keep them down low, lock them up or use a safety latch.
  • Detergent pods are especially dangerous for kids, who can mistake them for food. If you have kids under age 6, use traditional detergent.

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