Fire safety: first ingredient to holiday meal

Holidays are a time that most people look forward to spending quality time with their families and celebrating annual traditions.

In most homes, holiday traditions center around what's being cooked in the kitchen.  ABC2 News is working for you with tips from the State Fire Marshal on keeping your family safe from fires during the holidays.

"Holidays are a time of celebration," said Maryland State Fire Marshal William E. Barnard.  "Please follow these simple guidelines to ensure a fire safe holiday meal," he said.

  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working properly. 
  • Ensure guests are aware of all available exits if a fire would occur.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Establish a  "Kids & Pets Free Zone" around any area where hot foods or drinks are prepared.  
  • Be alert while cooking; avoid consuming any alcoholic beverages while preparing the meal.
  • Keep anything combustible - oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, etc. away from the stovetop.
  • Eliminate clutter in the kitchen.  A clean work area allows for better efficiency and less chances for mishaps.
  • Do not leave lit candles unattended or in places where they could be knocked over by children or pets.
Barnard says that following these fire safety guidelines will help to ensure a tragedy free holiday meal.
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