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Follow safety guidelines when cooking this holiday season

Always keep a close on eye on stovetop foods

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2014) — With the holiday seasons fast approaching, the City of Bowling Green is offering advice on how to safely cook meals, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

BDeQLlfW_wide980Helpful tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • When baking, boiling or roasting food, use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove while cooking.
  • Move things that can burn away from the stove, like potholders, dishtowels, bags, paper, etc.
  • 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.
  • Be sure electric cords are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them monthly by pushing the test button