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Tips for cooking Christmas dinner

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Kitchen Pan FireTips for cooking Christmas dinner

Christmas dinner is the most epic meal of the year. With so much going on, all it takes is a minor mistake and your dinner (and house!) will be done for. Here are our top fire safety tips for preparing Christmas dinner.

Give yourself plenty of time

Leave it too late and you’ll start rushing about, which is when accidents happen, food will end up being cooked on a higher heat and spillages go uncleaned. All of those are a recipe for disaster.

Do not drink

If you’re the designated chef, it’s tempting to have a little tipple – especially if you’re making sherry or brandy sauce! Wait ‘til you’ve finished cooking to start drinking – fewer accidents will happen. You should avoid cooking when tired or on medication, too.

Stay in the kitchen while cooking

Leaving food that’s cooking unattended is the top cause of kitchen fires.

Keep cloth away from heat sources

As you can imagine, this mostly means clothing, kitchen roll and tea towels. Avoid wearing long, or dangling sleeves when cooking. If you do wear them, roll them up so they don’t dangle on any heat source. Never leave cloths or towels lying by the stove or oven.

Keep electrical leads away from sources of heat

If electrical leads are exposed to heat, they can be damaged, give off sparks and cause fires.

Remember, too many cooks spoil the broth

Make sure there is enough room for everyone to cook well and safely. Otherwise, you’ll just be tripping over each other and yourselves in that chaos.

Keep the kitchen clean

Keeping your kitchen clean will reduces the risk of fire. This is because leftover grease and food can catch fire. Always make sure you have a clean oven and stove.

Make sure appliances are turned off after use

This will prevent any fires from breaking out while you’re in another room.

Keep kids out of the kitchen

You never know what they’ll touch.

Careful with grease and oil

Grease and oil easily can ignite if they get too hot. Never fill a pan more than two thirds of the way full, and keep the the heat low down when cooking. This will prevent splashes and smoke.

Careful with your microwave

It’s tough to time everything perfectly. If you need to warm something in your microwave, make sure they’re in a plastic, microwavable dish, not a metal container.

Light gas ovens safely

You should use a spark device or long-reach lighter. This means you won’t have to dangle your arm near any flames like you would with a math or standard lighter.

Fighting fires

If a grease fat does occur, fight is using a wet chemical extinguisher or fire blanket. If you don’t have one of those, smother it with a lid. Never try to extinguish it with water; it will just spread the blaze. photo credit: dyobmit via photopin cc
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