It’s the biggest meal of the year. The family is home, everyone is running around, every part of the kitchen is being used. A lot of things can go wrong, which is why it’s more important than ever to be safe in your kitchen. Following these tips will keep your kitchen safe and the food delicious.

Children’s laughter and play is one of the best things about having the family home for the holidays, but keeping them safe can be a three man job.

When using a stove keep children 3 feet away at all times. The steam or splash of liquids can burn them so distance is important.

Keep knives out of reach of children, and any other sharp objects such as scissors. A lot of different appliances can be used during the holiday, so make sure the cords are out of reach of children. Any lighters or matches should be locked away when not in use.

The safest thing would be to ask a friend or family member to watch the little ones while the cooking is going on. Keep them out of the kitchen and everyone will be safer.

It’s important to have at least one person stay in the kitchen at all times. It’s especially important when you are using a stovetop to keep an eye on the food.

Keep the floors clean so that you or anyone else doesn’t trip something. Clean cooking surfaces on a regular bases to prevent grease buildup.

Make sure your smoke alarms are working by pushing the test button. Check that nothing flammable is placed near anything hot. Purchase a fire extinguisher to be used in case of emergency.

If you have to leave your home be sure to check that all kitchen appliances, stoves, and ovens are off.

If you are the one cooking you should never wear loose clothes when cooking.

Always use a timer and check your food as your cooking.

Be diligent and watchful of other people in your home. There safety is just as important as the turkey.

If you follow these safety tips everyone will be safe and secure. Laughter and merriment will be in the air, the smell of delicious food will fill the house and everyone will be impressed by your cooking.