To ensure residents have a safe Thanksgiving, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services offers these safety tips.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. Kids love to be involved in holiday preparations. Safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity in the home.

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stove top in order to keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking the turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. It will be hot and children should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure children stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so children, toys, pocketbooks or bags cannot present a tripping hazard.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children—up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in a room with lit candles.
  • Make sure smoke alarms are working Test them by pushing the test button.
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