KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Thanksgiving is just days away, and as you're planning your menu, you should also plan how to stay safe in the kitchen. Every year firefighters respond to several fires on Thanksgiving, and most of them are from cooking.
So here are a few tips of how to stay safe this year:
1. Start off with a clean stove and oven. Remove any dried on food or grease before you start cooking.
2. Use the back burners of the stove when you can. If you have to use the front ones, make sure to keep pot handles turned so they're not easily knocked over or pulled down.
3. Keep young kids and pets out of the kitchen. While Thanksgiving is a family holiday, spend time with young children when you're not in a potentially dangerous place like the kitchen.
4. Don't wear baggy clothes or dangling jewelry, which can get caught and cause spills, burns, or fires.
5. Keep Thanksgiving decorations away from the heat or open flames.
6. Have a fire extinguisher handy and make sure you know how to use it!
7. Double check that everything is off when you're ready to eat Thanksgiving dinner.