How to prevent fires during Thanksgiving / Fire safety
We all know we love Thanksgiving, a special day to celebrate with family and friends for all that we have. Roast turkey, potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie are traditional during this day.
Unfortunately, fires are traditional during Thanksgiving too. According to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, “there are more home fires on Thanksgiving day than any other day in the year” and cooking fires are the main reason. 87% of the fires during this holiday are caused by cooking.
That is what is so important to emphasize in fire safety during Thanksgiving, especially in the kitchen. Follow the next tips and have a happy and safe holiday.
10 fire safety tips during Thanksgiving
1. Keep an eye on the food: Normally during Thanksgiving, we get a visit from our family and friends and we want to cater to them and be aware of every detail: the food, the music, the place, the people… But for fire safety, if you are cooking, you have to stay in the kitchen.
2. Don’t leave the house while the turkey is cooking in the oven: If you have to buy or do something, look for help. Leaving the oven on is dangerous.
3. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, avoid the oven.
4. Take away everything that can catch fire: wooden utensils, plastic packaging, fabrics like towels, etc.
5. Check the food regularly and use a timer to help you as a reminder of your cooking process.
6. Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids, this is the best way to prevent serious burns.
7. Remember the “kids and pets free zone”. Consist of keeping them away at least 3 feet from the stove.
8. Make sure your smoke alarms are working properly and test them before Thanksgiving.
9. For prevention, have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, it could help you react fast in case of fire.
10. Have a home fire escape plan and explain it to your family and friends.
What to do during a fire on Thanksgiving?
The National Fire Protection Association recommends:
For a fire in the Kitchen:
- For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
- Smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner on the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
If you can’t fight the fire:
- Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire
- Immediately call 911 or the local emergency number from outside the home.
If you suffer fire damage, contact Restoration Control
These tips for fire safety for Thanksgiving are of great help and easy to follow but emergencies happen at any time. If you suffer fire damage, our professional fire restoration services could help you to remove any smoke and ash residue that normally are toxic for you and your family.
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