Thanksgiving is a time for gathering with loved ones, enjoying delicious meals and expressing gratitude.
However, it is also important to be mindful of fire safety during this festive season. At ServiceMaster DSI, we believe in being prepared for the possibility of a disaster so that you’re never taken off guard. Your quick reaction time can help save your property from severe damage.
Let’s explore some crucial fire prevention tips to ensure you experience a safe and memorable Thanksgiving.
First, it is essential to exercise caution when cooking.
The kitchen tends to be the heart of Thanksgiving preparations, but it can also be a potential fire hazard.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, with more than three times the daily average for such incidents. The most common causes are cooking-related incidents, such as leaving stovetops unattended or grease fires.
To help prevent cooking fires, follow some simple steps:
· Never leave cooking unattended, especially when using stovetops or ovens.
· Keep flammable items such as oven mitts, towels, and paper products away from heat sources.
· If you need to step away briefly, turn off all burners and appliances.
Deep-frying turkeys can be particularly hazardous if not done correctly. Follow manufacturer instructions carefully and ensure turkey fryers are used outdoors at a safe distance from structures or flammable materials.
Second, ensure your smoke detectors function properly by testing them before the holiday season begins.
Replace batteries as needed. Smoke detectors play a vital role in alerting you to potential fires and providing early warning signs.
Third, if you plan on using candles or decorative lights as part of your Thanksgiving decor, take extra care to prevent accidents.
Keep candles away from flammable materials and place them in sturdy holders on stable surfaces. Consider using flameless LED candles as a safer alternative.
Fourth, if you have a fireplace or plan on using one during Thanksgiving festivities, remember to practice proper fireplace safety.
Ensure the chimney is clean and free from any obstructions before use. Use a screen or spark guard to prevent sparks from flying into the room.
Fifth and finally, have an emergency plan in place should a fire occur.
Make sure everyone knows how to exit the house safely and where to meet outside. Keep fire extinguishers readily available and learn how to use them effectively.
By following these fire prevention tips on Thanksgiving Day, you can create an atmosphere of warmth and joy while prioritizing the safety of your loved ones and property.
ServiceMaster DSI is here for you 24/7/365. Our emergency response crews are available throughout the Thanksgiving holiday in case you experience a cooking fire or other disaster in your home. Contact us anytime for disaster restoration at 844-413-3130.