Wishing you happy—and safe—holidays
Article was added on Wednesday, December 03, 2014
The kitchen is the
heart of the home. Sadly, it's also
where two out of every five home fires start. Many home fires occur
supposed to be the happiest time of the year-the
holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas and Christmas Eve hold a
tradition of cooking, and safety should always be considered in the
As we embark on the holiday season, Santee Electric Cooperative and
the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) urge you to
use a few simple safety tips to identify and correct potential
cooking hazards, indoors and outdoors.
leave cooking equipment unattended, and always remember to turn off
burners if you have to leave the room.
the little ones closely in the kitchen. Make sure children stay at
least three feet away from all cooking appliances.
potential fires by making sure your stovetop and oven are clean and
free of grease, dust and spilled food.
to clean the exhaust hood and duct over your stove on a regular
cooking area around the stove and oven clear of combustibles, such
as towels, napkins and potholders.
wear short or close-fitting sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing
can catch fire.
protect from spills and burns, use the back burners and turn the
pot handles in, away from reaching hands.
all appliances away from the sink.
countertop appliances into ground fault circuit
appliance cords away from hot surfaces like the range or
the toaster and other countertop appliances when not in
sure to turn off all appliances when cooking is
We'd like to add a few tips for members who enjoy deep-fried
- Thaw the
outdoors, of course, and away from anything flammable-and that
includes wooden decks.
cook under or near your service line or any co-op facilities such
as poles, lines, underground transformers, etc.
leave the fryer unattended while the turkey is frying.
Let's stay focused on safety throughout the holiday season-and
every day. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas from Santee
Floyd L. Keels
President and Chief Executive Officer
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