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      Red Cross Shares Top 10 Ways to Stay Safe While Cooking Your Holiday Meal

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      Preparing the Thanksgiving meal can be a stressful time for many as the list of things to do can become quite long, but the American Red Cross is sharing tips to help keep people safe when the rush to prepare sets in.

      The list includes:

      1. Don't wear loose clothing or sleeves that dangle while cooking.
      2. If you are frying, grilling or broiling food, never leave it unattended – stayin the kitchen. If you just leave the kitchen for even a short period of time,turn off the stove.
      3. If you're simmering, baking, roasting or broiling food, check it regularly.
      4. Use a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on.
      5. Keep kids and pets away from the cooking area. Keep them at least threefeet from the stove.
      6. Keep anything that can catch fire - pot holders, oven mitts, woodenutensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains--awayfrom your stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generatesheat.
      7. Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
      8. Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contactyour local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.
      9. Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to makesure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
      10. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, nearsleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed.Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least oncea year.

      For more tips on staying safe during the holiday season, go to RedCross.org.

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