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Physicians at Regions Hospital’s Burn Center are hoping Thanksgiving chefs take extra caution in the kitchen this year.

“No one wants to spend Thanksgiving in the Burn Center,” said Mark Johnston, RN, and program coordinator at Regions Hospital’s Burn Center. “With more people and activity in the kitchen, there is a greater risk for burns and fires.”

Here are a few more tips to make preparing a Thanksgiving feast safer:

  • Know how to deep-fry a turkey. If you are deep-fat frying a turkey, make sure it is thawed, dried and weighs 12 pounds or less. Make sure you are using the correct amount of oil so that it does not overflow when you slowly lower the turkey into the fryer.
  • Limit those who gather in the kitchen. The more cooks in the kitchen, the greater the risk for an accident. Reduce the number of people congregating in the kitchen by placing appetizers and beverages in a different room and enforce a “kid-free” kitchen.
  • Know how to treat a burn – and when to get help. First-degree burns and second-degree burns smaller than 3 inches in diameter can be treated at home by cooling the burn under cool (not cold) water. Wrap the burn with gauze and take an over-the-counter pain killer. Seek medical attention if you have a severe burn.
  • Know how to not treat a burn. Do not pop a blister from a burn and do not use butter, egg whites, ice cubes and ointments on them. These “home remedies” can cause an infection or damage to your skin even more.
  • Have a fire extinguisher nearby. The kitchen is the most common room in the house to catch fire- and those fires are usually caused by cooking. Keep an extinguisher nearby to quickly and effectively put out fires. Never use water to put out a grease fire.