Thanksgiving Safety


Thanksgiving Safety

A Season for Sharing in Fire Safety

Each year fires occurring during the holiday season injure 2,600 individuals and cause over $930 million in damage. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), there are simple life-saving steps you can take to ensure a safe and happy holiday. By following some of the outlined precautionary tips, individuals can greatly reduce their chances of becoming a holiday fire casualty.

The holidays (especially Thanksgiving) are a busy time of year for cooking and with the larger gatherings of friends and family. When preparing for your Holiday Dinners please follow some of the safety tips below:

  • Keep your family and overnight guests safe with a working smoke detector on every level of the house, in every bedroom, and in the halls adjacent to the bedrooms. Test smoke detectors monthly and replace batteries at least twice a year. Overnight guests should be instructed on the fire escape plan and designated meeting place for your home.

  • Have a fire extinguisher available not more than 10 feet from the stove, on the exit side of the room. A 2-1/2 lb. class ABC multi-purpose dry chemical extinguisher is recommended. Know how to use your fire extinguisher. Having an extinguisher between the stove and the door gives you the option to either fight the fire or decide to exit the dwelling immediately if you do not feel comfortable in attacking the fire.

  • Start holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven. Remember, grease fires can occur at any time and the easiest way to exitnguish a grease fire is to put a reasonable tight fitting lid on the pot to smolder the fire. Check out this grease fire video to see how dangerous they can be. Although the video demonstrates a wet towel being used, a tight fitting lid will do the job just right. And remember.... no matter how small a fire contact the fire department by dialing 9-1-1. Even if you think you properly extinguished a fire, you may never know if it extended and if it may be smoldering behind the wall or in an area you cannot see.

  • Keep the kitchen off-limits to young children and adults that are not helping with food preparations to lessen the possibility of kitchen mishaps.

  • When cooking, do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or dangling jewelry. The clothing can catch on fire and the jewelry can catch on pot handles, causing spills and burns.

  • Cook on the back burners when possible and turn pot handles in so they don’t extend over the edge of the stove.

  • Never leave cooking unattended. If you must leave the kitchen while cooking, turn off the stove or have someone else watch what is being cooked.

  • Keep Thanksgiving decorations and kitchen clutter away from sources of direct heat.

  • Candles are often part of holiday decorations. Candles should never be left burning when you are away from home, or after going to bed.

  • Candles should be located where children will not be tempted to play with them, and where guests will not accidentally brush against them. The candle holder should be completely noncombustible and difficult to knock over. The candle should not have combustible decorations around it.

  • If smoking is allowed inside, provide guests with large,deep ashtrays and check them frequently. After guests leave, check inside and under upholstery and in trash cans for cigarette butts that may be smoldering.

    Finally, as in every season, have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home, test them monthly and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries at all times. Know when and how to call for help. And remember to practice your home escape plan.


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