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Posted on: November 21, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Community Members Reminded to Keep Safe in the Kitchen This Holiday Season

A mother and her young daughter cook together in a kitchen

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing Fire Department (ELFD) wants community members to know how to keep safe in the kitchen this holiday season.

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires with more than three times the daily average. Christmas Day and Christmas Eve follow. Both having nearly twice the daily average for home cooking fires. Cooking is the leading cause of death from home fires. 

Follow these tips to stay safe this holiday season:

  • Stay in the kitchen while using the stovetop and check turkey frequently
  • Turkey fryers are strongly discouraged
  • Keep young children at least three feet away from hot stoves
  • Splashes or steam from hot food and liquids can cause serious burns
  • Keep knives out of the reach of young children
  • Ensure electric cords are not dangling off counters 
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children
  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle
  • Keep the floor clear to prevent tripping hazards
  • Test smoke alarms to ensure they are in working order

Visit for more safety information, including a video from the National Fire Protection Association, showing the risks of turkey fryers.

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