Thanksgiving Fire Safety
For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations. With that being said, keeping fire safety top of mind during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there's a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer.
- Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
- In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving.
- Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and deaths.
- Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove-top.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids.
- Keep the floor clear so you don't have any slips, trips or falls.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children.
- Be sure electric cords are not dangling off the counter.
- Keep matches and utility lighter out of reach.
- Ensure your smoke alarms are in working condition.
How Is a Fire Extinguished?
Fire suppression focuses on robbing the flames of one or more of these elements. When delivered in huge quantities through a fire hose, water both significantly reduces a fire’s heat and takes away oxygen as it transmutes from liquid to vapor form at extremely high temperatures. Unfortunately, this enormous amount of water also floods buildings and wreaks havoc on its own.
Even with groundbreaking modern methods for quenching a blaze, the most expedient way to kill a fire is with a huge amount of water. That’s why flooding and excess water occurs with most fire damage on your property. This combination is why a restoration professional’s job includes extracting water, soot, odors and smoke from your property along with completing essential repairs.
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