For many, Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy interacting with family and friends, remember everything we must be grateful for, and celebrate the occasion with a feast of delicious food. However, that delicious food comes with fire risks to consider. The National Fire Protection Association states that Thanksgiving is one of the peak days for home cooking fires. So, what can you do to stay safe this Thanksgiving? This blog will break down the things to know regarding Thanksgiving fire safety.
Practice Safe Cooking
During a holiday such as Thanksgiving, you may have family and friends over, leaving your cooking unattended – which becomes a significant fire risk. Always remain close when cooking on the stovetop when cooking in the kitchen.
If you have food in the oven, you must stay in the house until it’s turned off. Ensure you are not wearing loose-fitting clothes that could get caught in the oven or catch fire while you are cooking. Moreover, turn the pan handles inward so people do not accidentally bump them while walking by. Also, never leave a working fryer unattended.
Protect Your Guests
At the holidays, you might have people in your home who typically are not there, including kids or pets. So, ensuring the holiday is safe for everyone – including these littlest guests is vital. If the stove is used, please keep children and pets three feet away. Another Thanksgiving fire safety tip is to store matches and lighters in high cabinets, and electric cords shouldn’t be left lingering in a place where they can snag on someone.
In addition, never leave children alone in any room with a lit candle. When your guests arrive, create a place for them to leave shoes, coats, and purses so they don’t clutter the floor and become a trip hazard.
Have a Fire Safety Plan
Even if you are careful, fires can still happen. This is why it’s crucial to have a plan everyone understands and knows what to do if a fire breaks out. Before your holiday event, inspect all your smoke alarms and replace the batteries, if necessary. Make sure to have fire extinguishers in your kitchen and other high-risk places, like the fireplace. Overall, keep your holiday fun and safe with these Thanksgiving fire safety tips.
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