The holiday season is a time of decorating homes and planning parties. Unfortunately, it’s also a season
that can bring accidents and injuries
. Federal officials estimate there are
128,700 fires in in the U.S. each December, which result in 415 deaths and
“Cooking those holiday meals and decorating the house can be
overwhelming. Basic safety precautions can be overlooked; something as innocent
as a potholder placed too close to the stovetop can result in a fire,” said
Jenny Ziembicki, M.D.
, medical director, UPMC Mercy Trauma and Burn Center
More than half of holiday season fires stem from cooking
accidents. Here's how you can stay safe in the kitchen:
- Keep a three-foot zone around your stove and oven.
- Keep towels, wooden
utensils and potholders away from the stovetop.
- When serving meals, be especially careful with tablecloths;
kids and pets can pull on the cloth, bringing down hot food like gravy or soup
and causing a splash burn.
- Deep-fried turkey may be popular and tasty, but
preparation is extremely dangerous. Consider treating yourself to this dish at
a favorite restaurant instead. If you must deep-fry a turkey, the fryer should
be outdoors and at a safe distance from buildings. Never leave the fryer