Holiday Fire Safety Tips

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, the holiday season is the time when we welcome family and friends into our home. It’s a time to enjoy the sight of festive decorations like lights and candles and savor the taste of a home-cooked meal. It’s also when we see a dramatic increase in the number of home fires.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires account for 40% of all reported home fires and Thanksgiving is the peak day of the year for fires. Although you can’t remove every possible source of a kitchen fire, you can minimize fire risks by removing hazards and maintaining your kitchen. To ensure the safety of your home and loved ones the National Fire Protection Association recommends that you follow these tips:

Safety starts in the Kitchen

  • Keep appliances serviced, clean, and in good repair.

  • Dump crumb trays and clean out the toaster crumbs periodically from the toaster or toaster oven.

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking, if you must leave be sure to turn the stove off.

  • Loose clothing can easily catch fire, wear short or tight sleeves.

  • Never use water to extinguish a cooking fire - Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen since baking soda will extinguish only a small fire.

  • Do not overfill pots with cooking oil, excess oil can easily catch fire.

  • Keep towels, bags, plastic and food packaging safely away from flame and heat.

  • Closely oversee children in the area of the stove.

  • Install and test smoke alarms and check batteries monthly.

Even if you are stringent with safety precautions accidents still happen. The professionals at Steamatic of Arkansas have the skill, certifications and experience to deal with property damage and restoration. We understand how overwhelming property damage can be, and our technicians are trained to deal with your property disaster with equal parts compassion and competence.

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