11/23/2023: Keeping fire safety- especially in the kitchen- during this special but hectic time is important- especially if there's a lot of activity and people around.
Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safer:
-Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stove top and monitor the progress.
-Check the turkey and other items frequently.
-Keep children away from the stove and other items that may pose a danger. The steam or splash from hot liquids can cause serious burns.
-Keep knives away from children and ensure electric cords are not dangling anywhere within easy reach of the little ones.
-Never leave a lit candle unattended.
-Turkey fryers can be especially hazardous. Make certain the turkey is thawed, dry and don't overfill the oil. Use them outside, away from structures and off porches/patios.
-Make sure your smoke alarms are working and guests know what to do in the event of a fire.
-Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires- THREE TIMES the daily average. Christmas Day and Christmas Eve rank second and third with nearly twice the daily average.
-Unattended cooking was BY FAR the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and deaths.
-Cooking causes more than half of all reported home fires and nearly two-thirds of every home fire injury. It is also the leading cause of home fire deaths.
-On Thanksgiving day alone, over 1,100 home cooking fires were reported to fire departments in the United States.
Enjoy the time with family and friends, be careful around the house and on the roadways if traveling. Don't hesitate to call us if you need us- better to ensure safety than delay help.
And- if we do have to show up at your door- the only REAL cranberry sauce is canned jellied!