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Don’t Let Your Thanksgiving Flame Out


If you’re responsible for cooking Thanksgiving dinner, you know how hectic it can be. The last thing you need on the big day is a kitchen disaster, so take our quiz to make sure your holiday stays safe (and delicious!).

1. What is the #1 cause of home fires in the U.S.? a. Cooking b. Space heaters c. Electrical malfunctions 2. What is the primary cause of cooking fires in the home? a. Using too many stove burners at once b. Unattended cooking c. Misbehaving pets 3. If you’re frying, grilling or broiling food, you should... a. Stay in your home and check on the food regularly. b. Feel free to go outside. Just check on the food from time to time. c. Stay in the kitchen the entire time. 4. If you’re simmering, boiling, baking or roasting food, you should... a. Stay in the kitchen the entire time. b. Stay in your home, check the food regularly and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking. c. Feel free to leave the home, but only for short errands. Cooking Main Cause Of House Fires Red Cross offers tips for safety in the kitchen. more... 5. When you’re cooking, how far should kids stay away from the stove? a. At least 3 feet b. At least 6 feet c. It’s ok for kids to be close to the stove, as long as they follow directions. 6. If a fire starts in a pan while you’re cooking, what should you do? a. Move the pan off the stove. b. Beat the fire with a towel. c. Slide a lid over the burning pan and turn off the burner. 7. Which of the following are ok to keep on the stovetop? a. Potholders and paper towels b. Dish towels and wooden utensils c. Paper towels and wooden utensils d. None of the above

How did you do?

0-2 correct: Don’t put your apron on just yet. Read our cooking safety tips first!

3-6 correct: You’re getting warmer—study up on cooking safety and you’ll be frying and roasting before you know it.

All 7 correct: Great job! You’re ready to whip up an unforgettable meal. You can never be too prepared, so check out our section on fire safety and other tips.

Answers: 1. a; 2. b; 3. c; 4. b; 5. a; 6. c; 7. d