Wednesday, November 25, 2015

7 Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

With Thanksgiving just a couple days away and Christmas right around the corner, your Lake of the Ozarks insurance agent is here to help you stay safe in the kitchen. Along with the holidays, comes a lot of food preparation. If you're not careful, preparing that Thanksgiving feast can be a recipe for disaster. Use these cooking safety tips when you're in the kitchen this holiday season!

1. Don't Leave the Kitchen Unattended. 

While you're frying, broiling or grilling your Thanksgiving feast, be sure not to leave those items unattended, even if just for a short time. Nearly 45% of consumers say they have left the room to watch television or listen to music.

2. Be Sure to Set Timers. 

With multiple dishes cooking at the same time, it's easy to get confused what has been cooking for how long. Don't rely on your memory, be sure to set timers. With all the activities happening during the holidays, it's common to get distracted. Talking on the phone while you're waiting for food to cook is an easy way to lost track of time. Check the food you're cooking often, even if you do have that timer set.

3. Keep Flammable Objects Away From the Stove. 

Pot holders, oven mits, wooden or plastic utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels and more can easily catch fire if they're too close to the stove. Also be mindful of the clothing, accessories and jewelry you're wearing, which could ignite over a flame.

4. Do the Dishes as You Work. 

Washing up as you work will not only lessen the amount of dishes you have to do at the end of the day, but it will also help you keep your work environment clean - and a clean work space makes for a safer work space. This goes back to keeping things away from the stove top.

5. Ensure Your Smoke Alarms are Functional. 

As annoying as they can be, it's important to make sure you're smoke alarms are functioning properly and never disable them. Use the test button to check that they are working before you begin cooking your Thanksgiving meal. A shocking 29% of consumers reported that they have intentionally disabled smoke alarms while cooking.

6. Avoid Multitasking. 

One way to prevent accidents and kitchen fires from happening is to focus on one task at a time. Keep in mind that one distraction often leads to another, so it's best to focus your attention solely on cooking. Now that's not to say you can't have a couple things cooking at the same time. Be sure to use those timers we mentioned before though, so you don't overcook your meal.

7. Use Crowd Control While Cooking. 

The kitchen is especially busy during the holidays, but as the host, don't be afraid to exercise crowd control. Keep the number of people in your kitchen to a minimum, especially children. Crowded kitchen can cause confusion and result in someone getting burned.

Over half of home cooking injuries occur when victims try to fight fire themselves. Be smart this holiday season by using these holiday cooking safety tips from the best insurance agent at the Lake of the Ozarks. You'll also want to make sure your Lake of the Ozarks homeowners insurance is up to date, just in case there's an accident this holiday season. Give us a call at 573-348-2794!

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About the Author: Steve is a double back-flip insurance ninja. He was named Young Insurance Agent of the Year by the Missouri Association of Insurance Agents in 2010 and is a Certified Insurance Counselor. When he is not helping customers, he enjoys community service, Latin dancing with his beautiful wife and going on adventures with his two awesome sons.

Steve Naught, CIC
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