4 Fire Safety Tips for a Safer Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you may be looking for stretchy pants and contemplating who to invite over for a hearty Thanksgiving dinner. Although Thanksgiving is the time to appreciate and be grateful, it is also the time when fire incidents are three and a half times more likely to occur. Preparing a Thanksgiving dinner is an extensive and elaborate process, and we should appreciate the ones who spend all day in the kitchen cooking for everyone. Unfortunate accidents come about when there are a lot of things going on at once. Cooking fires are the most common type of fires on Thanksgiving Day; therefore, we advise you to take extra care when preparing a Thanksgiving feast for family and friends.

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips:

With a noted rise in Thanksgiving cooking fires, you must take all the safety precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe this winter. To help you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, we have compiled a list of fire safety tips that will reduce the risk of any fires occurring:

1. Keep an Eye on Your Cooking!

The most important safety tip any fire safety expert will give to civilians is to always keep an eye on your cooking. Most cooking fires occur due to lack of attention. Thanksgiving Day can be distracting with guests coming in, kids running around, and the television always turned on. We advise you to always

stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food, especially not leaving your home when cooking your turkey.

2. Keep Clothes and Flammables Away from Fire

When working near fire, it is important not to wear loose or long-sleeved clothing that might catch on fire as you move around the kitchen. Always keep your oven mitts, food packaging, wooden utensils, and even your hair out of the way of the stove or fire.

3. Be Attentive When Working with Grease or Oil

Always make sure to keep the flame at the required setting while working with grease or oil. While cooking your turkey, always ensure it is properly defrosted and thawed before adding it to the hot oil to cook. Water from a frozen turkey may cause hot oil to splash and splatter. Utilize a cooking thermometer to check your turkey's temperature, as it can easily overheat and cause a fire. Never attempt to put out a grease fire with water.

4. Keep Loved Ones Safe

It is important to always keep your pets and kids safe, and at least 3 feet away from the hot stove. Keep electric cords out of reach of pets and kids. Matches and lighters should be kept in a high cupboard away from where children can easily reach them.

If there is a cooking fire, turn off all heat sources and suppress the flames by placing a lid or closing the oven door. Following these safety tips should keep you and your family out of harm's way this Thanksgiving. Nevertheless, if a fire occurs and you need someone to quickly attend to it, call STOP Restoration of Spokane at 509-818-7744 for the best fire restoration services. For more details, feel free to visit our website or send us a message here for our professionals to get back to you in no time.