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Safe kitchen tips for holiday season

From Staff Reports
Nov. 20, 2012 at 11 p.m.


Thanksgiving is not only one of the most-traveled holidays of the year - it also may be the "most cooking" holiday.

With that in mind, the Longview Fire Department issued the following reminders to keep your kitchen safe this holiday season:

<ul> <li>Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.</li> <li>Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check it frequently.</li> <li>Keep children away from the stove. Youngsters should be at least three feet away from a hot stove.</li> <li>Make sure children stay away from hot liquids and foods. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or coffee could cause serious burns.</li> <li>Keep knives out of reach of children.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>Keep matches and utility lighters out of reach of children, preferably high in a locked cabinet.</li> <li>Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.</li> <li>Make sure your smoke alarms are working.</li> </ul>

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