Avoid Cooking Fires This Thanksgiving With These Few Tips.
According to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), an estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving day fires in residential buildings occur annually in the United States, resulting in an estimated $21 million in property loss. The leading cause of all Thanksgiving day fires in residential buildings is, by far, cooking.
Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe this Thanksgiving, when cooking.
Check the batteries in your smoke detectors.
A few days before Thanksgiving, make sure that all your smoke detectors are in working order. Press the test button on each smoke detector to see if the battery needs replacing.
Make sure you have a working fire extinguisher.
To prevent a kitchen fire disaster, check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher or acquire a fire extinguisher if you don’t have one. Also, have a big box of baking soda handy to deal with any small grease fires.
Clean your kitchen ahead of time.
Wipe surfaces clean of grease to prevent smoking and even fires. Also, make sure your kitchen is free of clutter and that all utensils are accessible. By keeping things organized and tidy, you’ll be more likely to avoid accidents while you are cooking.
Keep a close eye on food that is cooking.
Set a timer for anything you are cooking or baking. Stay in the kitchen or near by to watch over everything you have cooking. If you have to step away for more than a moment, ask a family member or friend to keep an eye on things for a few minutes.
If you are going to fry your turkey this Thanksgiving, be extra careful. Never fry a frozen turkey and avoid using turkey fryers on wooden decks. Never leave the fryer unattended and remember that the oil is hot hours after the turkey is done cooking.
Remember, if you have a oil/grease fire…DO NOT USE WATER TO PUT THE FIRE OUT!… Use baking soda or a fire extinguisher.
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