Thanksgiving is a time for gathering and feasting with friends, family, and loved ones. It should be a happy time, with the only stress stemming from travel and making sure dinner is perfect. The last thing you should be worried about during this lovely time of year is a house fire.
Unfortunately, house fires occur throughout the country each Thanksgiving, three times as often as any other day of the year on average. The good news is they’re mostly preventable is you follow some simple safety steps. Here are a few things you can do to prevent fires this Thanksgiving:
Practice Stove Safety
Thanksgiving calls for quite a bit more cooking than you’d do on the average day. It’s important to go into the day with a clean over so make sure to get rid of any buildup in the oven or on the stove. You’ll also likely be cooking with a fuller house than most days, so don’t get distracted by guests and stay in the kitchen as much as possible when the oven and stove are on.
Be Careful with Fryers
Frying a turkey creates a distinct flavor that many people prefer over cooking the bird traditionally. However, using a fryer does come with more risk as well. It’s important to follow all the manufacturer’s instructions. Always be sure to thaw the turkey completely before putting it in as frozen turkeys will cause a fire. You should only ever use the fryer outdoors on a sturdy surface away from all flammable objects.
As always, it’s important to be prepared for the worst. Most cooking fires are grease-based, which should never be put out with water. Always have a working fire extinguisher handy and ready to go. You should also roll up your sleeves and move any flammable objects away from any open flames.
If all else fails, a home sprinkler system will work as a last line of defense against fires. If you’re interested in protecting your home, Fire Tech Residential Sprinkler is here to help. We’ll give you a free estimate and install the system that best works for your home. Contact us today to learn more about our services.