Holiday Mishaps


Ahhh…the holiday season. It’s that time of the year again where the home chef really struts his stuff, possibly even breaking new ground in kitchen mishaps and disasters, for which he/she or onlookers should be prepared.

Most house fires start in the kitchen. That’s a fact. So, it’s not much of a surprise that there is an increase in fire incidents during the busy holiday season when we spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Check out this article on The Coloradoan, it’s quite an eye opener. This paragraph caught my attention, “Fire departments across the U.S. respond to an estimated average of 162,400 home structure fires involving cooking equipment each year, according to a recent study published by the National Fire Protection Association. Damages annually surpass $1 billion, and upward of 400 deaths and 5,000 injuries stem from cooking across the country.” Wow! That’s a lot.

So, remember home chefs, safety first and foremost. You don’t want to see yourself on one of those cooking disaster videos, do you? And always keep a first aid kit in your kitchen. I spent Thanksgiving in Cleveland, where I witnessed a relative cut his finger while carving the traditional sacrificial bird, which had my daughter-in-law scampering about the household searching for a band aid and antibiotic not readily available. Be prepared for everything.


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