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Stay safe during Thanksgiving

AMY WADSWORTH
Guest columnist

This Thanksgiving remember to stay safe!
Cooking is the leading cause of home fires on Thanksgiving Day according to the U.S. Fire Administration. They actually double on Thanksgiving, occurring more than twice as often than on another day.
Kevin Yount, Assistant Chief at Union Volunteer Fire Department in Vale reminds us to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Having a working smoke alarm reduces a person’s chance of dying in a fire by half. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every bedroom. Test them monthly!
Yount also reminds us to be safe while cooking.
“Be safe when deep frying turkeys this Thanksgiving, make sure they are thawed, dried and free of water before placing them in the cooker-oil and water don’t mix,” he said. “Every year houses are destroyed, people are burned or killed because of the explosive mixture.”
Other tips for the holiday from the American Red Cross.
Keep potholders and food wrappers at least three feet away from heat sources while cooking
Wear tighter fitting clothing with shorter sleeves when cooking
Make sure all stoves, ovens, and ranges have been turned off when you leave the kitchen
Set timers to keep track of turkeys and other food items that require extended cooking times
Turn handles of pots and pans on the stove inward to avoid accidents
Follow all manufacturer guidelines regarding the appropriate use of appliances
After guests leave, designate a responsible adult to walk around the home making sure that all candles and smoking materials are extinguished
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Amy Wadsworth is Public Information Coordinator for the Partnership for Children of Lincoln and Gaston Counties.

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