That is one of several safety tips released by the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital to help reduce burn risks during the Thanksgiving holiday.
“We have always advised people to create a 3-foot kids’ safety zone around all hot surfaces in the kitchen,” Burn Center Director Dr. Fred Mullins said in a statement. “However, in reality, that’s probably not enough. It’s better if children don’t even set foot in the kitchen.”
Other tips imparted by Mullins are the following: Don’t deep-fry your own turkey. Cook with pot handles toward the inside of the stove. Never leave cooking items unattended.
According to medical professionals at the burn center, at least one patient each day is treated there for a kitchen burn, and most are children with burns from hot water. Such burns can require various levels of treatment, including skin grafts and surgery.
Another common cause of Thanksgiving burns occur when people try to deep-fry a turkey and overfill the pot with oil, which can result in a large flame.
For those who choose to deep-fry their turkeys, they should put the turkey into an empty pot before filling it with water. When the water reaches 2 inches above the turkey, pull it out and then measure the water level. Pour out the water, dry the pot and then fill to the measured level with oil.
Still, Mullins advises that people leave the deep-frying to a professional.
“Even if buying a professionally-fried turkey seems expensive, I can assure you it is far less expensive than a stay in the hospital,” he said.