Fire Department offers safety tips for holiday cooking

Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment and the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department is offering a few safety reminders for the holiday.

• Stay in the kitchen when you’re cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.

• Stay in the home when cooking your turkey so you can check on it frequently.

• Keep children away from the stove. Kids should stay 3 feet away.

• Make sure children stay away from hot foods and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.

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

• Keep knives out of the reach of children.

• Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not danging off the counter within easy reach of a child.

• Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — high up in a locked cabinet.

• Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire if it comes into contact with a gas flame or electric burner.

• Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.