You have invited the guests and planned your menu, but have you checked your Holiday safety check list? According to safety statistics, cooking is the NUMBER ONE cause of home fires, and on Thanksgiving that number nearly doubles.
Follow these fire prevention tips for a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
- Before preparing your meal make sure your cooking area, stove and oven are clean and free of clutter.
- To avoid kitchen accidents, keep guests or family not helping with the food preparation out of the kitchen.
- Avoid wearing loose fitting clothing.
- Make sure hand towels are away from stove top flames.
- Turn pot handles away from edge of stove.
- Keep a working fire extinguisher near cooking or any open flame areas. Familiarize yourself on how to use the fire extinguisher. P.A.S.S. can help make sure you use it properly: Pull the pin; Aim the spray nozzle low at the base of the fire; Squeeze the nozzle to spray the contents; Sweep back and forth as you spray the base of the fire
- Stay in the kitchen while your meal is cooking.
- Family and guests should be instructed on your home’s fire escape plan and designated meeting place.
- Last but not certainly least, Home smoke detectors should be installed and in working order. A working smoke detector should be on every level of the home, in every bedroom and in the hallways adjacent to bedrooms. Smoke detectors should be checked monthly and batteries replaced every 6 months.
Wishing you a Safe and Wonderful Thanksgiving!!
Jim Kollmann - The Kollmann Insurance Group