According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires coming from the kitchen. While Thanksgiving is customarily a celebratory day to spend with loved ones, the kitchen poses the greatest threats to fire safety. Whether you’ve left the stove unattended or are distracted with some much going on, fire can quickly break out and put a damper on the festivities.
Avoid common mistakes and mishaps with these Thanksgiving fire safety tips from the experts at ServiceMaster Advantage.
1. Always Keep an Eye on the Stove
When you are cooking, you need to stay in the kitchen and watch the stove or oven. Most people are distracted or try to multitask, often neglecting the basics of fire safety, which can lead to an unmanageable fire breaking out.
2. Never Leave Your Home While Cooking
Always stay in your home while cooking Thanksgiving food or have a responsible family member watch the area if you need to leave for any reason. Leaving any appliance on without proper safety measures in their absence greatly increases the likelihood of a fire breaking out.
3. Keep Children Away from the Kitchen
Thanksgiving cooking is often a hectic task, and children can cause fires or be at risk for burns in a busy kitchen. Therefore, keep at least three feet between young children and the stove to help ensure that they stay safe.
4. Keep Flammables Away from Children
Most young children aren’t fully aware of the consequences of their actions, so be sure to remove any flammable materials, lighters, and matches safely stored out of reach. While you are busy in the kitchen, a child can easily spark a fire that quickly consumes your home.
5. Make Sure Every Fire Alarms is Operational
Before Thanksgiving, you need to make sure that all the fire alarms are working properly. Batteries should be replaced once a year, and each fire alarm should be tested at least once a month to ensure it still works as intended.
6. Keep the Kitchen Clean
A clean kitchen helps prevent accidental spills and makes navigating a busy space easier to deal with. With so many distractions going on, you can easily burn your food and cause a fire. As a precaution, keep all the equipment and items back after using them.
7. Have a Fire Extinguisher Available
Keep a fire extinguisher nearby when you’re cooking for fire safety. If a fire does break out, having a fire extinguisher nearby to douse the flames quickly can save you from significant loss and destruction. Make sure it is up to date and fully charged.
8. Remove Grease Buildup
Grease accumulation can easily ignite a fire and be difficult to put out. That is why you should clean surfaces regularly to reduce grease buildup around all cooking areas, as well as vents and fans.
9. Double-Check All Cooking Equipment
For peace of mind, ensure that all cooking equipment is turned off at the end of the day, including stoves, ovens, fryers, warmers, small appliances, and any other items used to cook throughout the day’s festivities.
10. Avoid Wearing Loose Clothing
If you’ll be cooking in the kitchen or by a grill with an open flame, wear proper clothing. Avoid wearing any loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. These clothing items can cause spills, get stained, and may even catch fire to burn your home and cause injury.
11. Keep Combustibles Away from the Cooking Area
Never keep or place anything that can easily catch fire near the stove, oven, or other heat-generating appliance. This includes pot holders, oven mitts, food packaging, and wooden utensils, as well as paper bags, napkins, and matches.
Contact ServiceMaster Advantage for Fire Damage Restoration Services
Follow all the above fire safety precautions to ensure a safe and joyous time during this Thanksgiving season.
ServiceMaster Advantage can help you bring your kitchen back to its original condition if you’re caught with fire damage. Our experienced fire damage technicians have extensive experience and will carefully restore your home, taking care to remove any damage or lingering odors. Best of all, we will take care of the insurance company so that you are not stressed during this difficult ordeal.
Our team hopes you have a wonderful time with your close friends and family during this holiday season. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you today.