The Holiday season is a time celebration. It is a time notoriously spent with family or friends. Delicious food is just as important however. With cooking being the number one cause of home fires, it is important for you to prepare your kitchen for as safe a holiday as it will be delicious. Here are 4 Holiday cooking safety tips we hope will help.

Don’t wear loose clothing while cooking

This one may seem like over precaution but it is actually very important. It goes for more than just clothing as well. Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stove. These things include pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels or curtains.

Stay in the kitchen

This rule applies particularly to when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. You should never leave those items unattended. If you must leave the kitchen for any reason, even if it is just really quickly, make sure to turn off the stove.

Check in regularly

Unlike frying, grilling or boiling food, some cooking methods require only checking on regularly. If you’re simmering, baking, roasting or broiling food, it is ok to leave the kitchen but important to check on regularly. If needed, remind yourself that the stove or over is still on with a timer.

Protect your home by controlling your kitchen

The most dangerous part about your kitchen is the things that can occur that you did not directly cause. Kids and pets are a notorious culprit for causing accidents. An accident in a kitchen and become increasingly dangerous or even fatal. Keep a perimeter for kids and pets to stay away for cooking areas. Also, be sure to regularly clean areas of the kitchen that would be more prone to grease buildup. This will potentially prevent a grease fire. Just in case, consider purchasing a fire extinguisher.

Remember, your kitchen is your responsibility.

Even if it wasn’t directly your fault, you are responsible for doing everything you can to prevent a hazard. Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all potential dangers are turned off or put up. Make sure smoke detectors are tested and working properly. Make sure this Holiday season is safe as well as fun.