As you prepare your home for Thanksgiving dinner, be sure your kitchen is a safe environment for the youngest guest or family member.
- In 2013, Thanksgiving Day was the leading date for home cooking fires with 1,550, 230 percent above the average number of fires per day.
- In total, 126,035 children ages 19 and under were seen in emergency rooms for fire and burn injuries in 2013.
- Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
- Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
- Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires and associated civilian injuries and was the third leading cause of home fire deaths.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check it frequently.
- Keep children at least three feet away from the stove.
- Make sure children stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
- Keep the floor clear to avoid any unexpected falls.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children.
- 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.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children – preferably high up in a locked cabinet.
- Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.
- Test all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working properly.
Fall is here and for many kids that means one thing: Halloween!
Americans spend nearly $8 billion annually on Halloween costumes, candy and decorations with an estimated 36 million children, ages 5-13, going trick-or-treating. Children are twice more likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Year-Round Safety Tips
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
- Teach kids at an early age to put down their devices and then look left, right and left again when crossing the street.
- Remind kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street and to watch out for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach them not to run or dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
- Children under 10 should cross the street with an adult. Every child is different, but developmentally, it can be hard for kids to judge speed and distance of cars until age 10.
- Always remember to “Walk Left, Ride Right.”
Halloween Safety Tips
- If dressing up for Halloween, be sure that the costume doesn’t interfere with the ability to see. Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
- Avoid all-black costumes and provide children with some type of reflective tape, reflector, flashlight and/or glow-stick.
- Children should be trick-or-treating with an adult or in a group, depending on the neighborhood and maturity/age of each child.