There is an unfortunate national trend around the Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season. The National Fire Protection Agency reports that there are four times as more home fires on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. These fires are entirely preventable – one third of Thanksgiving home fire are due to unattended stovetop cooking or frying.
Our Hernando County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton want to make sure you stay safe during the holidays and every other day of the year. To help you enjoy Thanksgiving safely, make sure you follow these safety tips:
- Always be sure you have working smoke alarms.
- Have a fire extinguisher handy.
- Never leave a stovetop unattended while cooking food. Setting a timer and walking away doesn’t mean you are being safe. You should always have eyes on your stovetop when you are cooking, as spillovers, splatters and burning can occur in the blink of an eye.
- Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
- Keep anything that can catch fire – pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
- Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
- Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
Equally as important, make sure your appliances are in good shape to prevent them from sparking a fire. Anything damaged or that has worn cords should be replaced immediately. Damaged appliances can easily cause an electrical shock or fire.