As hard as it may be to believe, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. While we’re all excited to eat delicious food and spend quality time with our loved ones, it’s essential to remember that fire hazards in the home tend to increase this time of year. To ensure this holiday is both safe and joyful, let’s review of some practical tips for preventing fires in the home:
Be Mindful in the Kitchen
With cooking being such an important aspect of Thanksgiving, a lot of time is spent in the kitchen. It’s important to remember to stay in the kitchen, never leave it unattended when food is cooking. Of course, you should also keep flammable items like towels and oven mitts away from heat sources and use timers when cooking multiple dishes at once, so you don’t lose track of time and burn something.
Safe Use of Appliances
If you’re preparing the majority of the food for a Thanksgiving get-together, you’re likely using an array of kitchen appliances. Remember to check every appliance for frayed cords or damage before using them and don’t use any that are showing signs of wear. It’s also key to remember to not overload any electrical outlets and to use surge protectors if needed.
The Thanksgiving feast often involves using various kitchen appliances. Here’s how to use them safely:
Mind the Turkey Fryer
If you plan to deep fry your turkey, make sure you do it right. Thaw the turkey completely and ensure it’s dry before immersing it in hot oil. Put the fryer on a flat, stable surface outside, away from your home and any flammable materials.
Fire Safety Equipment
If a small fire does break out, you want to ensure you’ll be prepared so you can respond as quickly as possible. Be sure to test and replace the batteries in your smoke detectors regularly and have a working fire extinguisher that everyone knows how to use in the kitchen.
Consider Residential Fire Sprinklers
For the best protection against potentially damaging fires, invest in a residential fire sprinkler system. They are highly effective in suppressing fires quickly, minimizing damage, and providing time for evacuation, if need be.
Here at Fire Tech Residential Sprinklers, we want to help ensure that you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Our fire sprinkler systems are designed to provide peace of mind by protecting what matters most. So, if you’re ready to take the next step in fire safety, contact us today for a free estimate and rest easy this Thanksgiving season!