Cooking Safely at Home This Winter

Cooking Safely at Home This Winter

There are a lot of advantages to easting at home instead of going out to eat. Cooking meals at home generally allows you to provide more nutrition to your family because you know what you are putting into your food and body.  In addition, cooking meals frequently can save you a lot of money because you can feed your family for half of what you would pay in a restaurant.

If you plan to stay in and cook a lot of meals for your family this winter, it’s a good idea to keep safety in mind. Cooking in the winter can pose a challenge because ventilation is limited, as are resources like outdoor grills. That said, below are some effective ways to cook safely at home during the winter season:

  • Avoid using gas grills or charcoal grills inside the house. These types of cooking devices are meant to be used outside, not only due to the fact that they have open flames, but also because the fumes given off from grills can be harmful to your health.
  • Be careful about plugging in appliances. If you need to use an electrical appliance, make sure that your circuit is not overloaded, so you avoid sparks and possible electrocution.
  • Install a smoke detector. You may be cooking delicious meals during the holidays when you guests.  But, once they arrive, you can become distracted and forget to turn off the oven or stove, which could lead to fire.  If that were to happen, a smoke detector would alert you, so you could contain and extinguish the fire.
  • Avoid using your gas oven or range for added heat inside your house. Aside from the fact that it’s a costly way to generate heat, it is also unsafe, especially if left unattended.
  • Never leave the kitchen when you are cooking your food.  The best precaution is to stay in the kitchen, so unwanted disasters like pets or kids knocking hot pans of the stove can be avoided.
  • Do not store your gasoline inside your house because you want to avoid inhaling the fumes or risk carbon monoxide poisoning.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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