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Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family to share a meal and their favorite stories. But it’s also a busy time of year, and it’s easy to hurry through our cooking chores. Complacency and hurry can cause deadly accidents. The United States Fire Administration reports that Thanksgiving is the busiest time of year for fire departments all across America. There are more than double the number of residential fires on this holiday than any other day of the year, and the majority of those fires originate from cooking.
General Safety Tips for the Kitchen
With cooking fires representing 77 percent of all fires on Thanksgiving Day, it’s important to follow these tips to keep your day fire and accident-free.
- Keep all the electrical cords of kitchen appliances from hanging over the counter in reach of children
- Try to stay in the kitchen while cooking food on the stove. If you need to leave, set a timer, so you don’t get distracted and burn the food.
- Don’t leave the house for last-minute shopping when cooking the turkey. Someone should always remain home when cooking anything for a long time.
- Make sure the handles of pots and pans on the stove face inward and back from the edge to avoid accidental burns.
- Keep children away from the stove, hot foods and liquids, or oven when cooking. Splashed food or steam can cause severe burns.
- Make sure all knives are where children can’t reach them.
- Keep the kitchen floor clear of trip hazards such as toys, children, bags, and pets.
- Make sure to keep all flammable items such as wooden utensils, towels, and oven mitts away from cooking areas.
Practice Proactive Solutions
The easiest way to prevent kitchen fires is to keep your kitchen clean. Dust and grease can build up on your stove and cause a fire.
Regularly test your smoke alarms to make sure they’re working properly. Simply press the button on each unit, and you should hear a sharp, high-pitched alarm within a few seconds. If the sound is weak or you don’t hear it at all replace the battery.
If you want to make your home even safer, contact a security integrator, and talk to them about a smart home security system. Be sure to discuss a system with smart smoke detectors and 24/7 alarm monitoring. Your security system notifies you and the central monitoring center when it detects a possible fire, and the alarm center notifies emergency services if necessary.
About Post Alarm Systems
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