Cookie Safety Tips for Thanksgiving
It’s that time of year again, when friends and family come over for a big, happy Thanksgiving dinner. (If you’re going somewhere else for Thanksgiving, wait for our next blog post regarding travel during the holiday.) We want to remind you to stay safe, as any holiday involving cooking and candle-lit dinner is enough to make a restoration company nervous. We see the dangers of cooking and fire every day, and we just want to remind everyone how to stay safe during this year’s Thanksgiving feast.
- Please install smoke alarms in your home. Your chances of survival in a home fire go up immeasurably if you have working smoke alarms in your home. If you can’t hang them up, just leave one on top of the fridge, another on the top bookshelf, and so on. Don’t let any reason prevent you from installing smoke alarms.
- A big part of fires occurring on Thanksgiving comes from two things:
- Leaving materials around the stove top and oven near cooking accessories that can catch fire. Maybe it’s paper towels next to the stove or a plastic bag under the roaster.
- Leaving food cooking unattended, whether that’s while you’re outside playing football or just down the hall in the living room visiting with guests.
- While you’re out purchasing smoke alarms, get one or two fire extinguishers, too. They’re roughly $20 each and can save your life.
- Be very careful with turkey fryers. Over $15 million in damage occurs every year when it comes to turkey fryers. Make sure to use oil at the right temperatures and fry outdoors in a well-ventilated area.
- In the event of a fire, use a fire extinguisher. If it’s a stove fire, shut off the stove and cover the fire with a lid. Do not use flour or water to put out a fire. If there is a fire inside the oven, turn off the oven and leave the door closed. Leave the home, and call 911 at the first hint of an uncontrollable fire.
- Practice smart candle safety. Don’t leave candles burning near flammable objects. Also, don’t burn candles without being in the same room.
Thanksgiving should be a great time for you and your family, but a home fire can quickly change that! Be sure to take the safe road to a delicious dinner and gathering at your home.
Henry Duckstein Jr.