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Approximately 1 week till Christmas! Whether ham or turkey, Christmas dinner is a staple every year and we take this time to pull out all the stops when cooking. It is important however, that we observe all safety precautions while we cook.
Here are 5 Kitchen Safety Tips you should know when preparing Christmas dinner.
1. Have a functional smoke detector – Smoke can mean the occurrence of fires, especially in the kitchen. Ensure that your smoke detector is functional and has fresh batteries before you start cooking.
Test your smoke detectors by pressing and holding the TEST button. If the device does not emit a sound, replace your batteries.
2. Store knives in a wooden block or drawer – Knives are sharp and can easily cause bodily harm. When not in use, store knives in a wooden block or a drawer and out of reach of children.
3. Turn cooking gas off when not in use – Be sure to turn your cooking gas OFF when not in use. Cooking gas is highly flammable and can easily ignite in the presence of naked flames. For electric stoves, ensure that all burners are turned off after use.
4. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby – Fire extinguishers are a must-have for all homes, especially during Christmas cooking. Cooking ingredients such as oils and alcohol in high heat can increase chances of fires; if not controlled this can lead to a full-fledged kitchen fire.
Keep your fire extinguisher close!
5. Unplug all appliances when not in use – Leaving appliances plugged in for extended periods of time can result in overheating of plugs and electrical fires. Unplug all appliances when not in use or use surge protectors for added protection.
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Thanks for joining us for this week’s entry. Have a blessed and enjoyable Christmas and join us next week for more!