With all the people and activity going on at Thanksgiving, it’s important to keep the kitchen safe. It’s also a good time to make sure your smoke alarms are working! Here are some tips:

• Start with a clean oven.

• When you are using the stovetop, stay in the kitchen to keep an eye on things. 

• Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stove – such as potholders, wooden utensils, food wrappers and paper towels.

• Make sure your sleeves are out of the way when cooking. Wear tighter-fitting clothing with shorter sleeves.

• Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over toys, bags or other items.

• Make sure knives, electric cords from appliances, matches and lighters are out of a child’s reach.

• Remember that steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee can cause serious burns. Keep pot handles turned in.

• Have activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during this busy time. Games, puzzles or books can keep them busy.  Let kids get involved in Thanksgiving with recipes that can be done outside the kitchen or without cooking.

Cinda Seamon is the fire and life safety educator for Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue.