The Holidays Are Holly, Safe and Jolly | SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay & Randolph Counties
The holidays have arrived once again! No matter how you celebrate, or even when you celebrate, there is bound to be some pretty good foods involved at your gatherings. Whether you are the cook or your family and friends have politely asked you to never enter a kitchen again, the more safety you can put into your celebrations, the safer your home will stay.
The number of house fires that occur always rises during the holiday season, and a surprising amount of them start in the kitchen. Stay safe celebrating and enjoy every bit of delicious food cooked simply by adding a few safety measures to your holiday season.
Cooking comes with a lot of prep work, but make sure before you chop and dice you also prepare your space. Kitchen fires can spread quickly when there is clutter near heat surfaces.
Watch out for towels, oven mitts and decorations in the kitchen. Keep an eye on wooden cooking utensils, too. Make sure you don’t store them on the stove while you cook. It only takes the grease popping once or a flame sparking out of a pot to start a massive blaze.
You should also think about what you are wearing when you head into the kitchen. Skip anything with flowing fabric, hanging decorations or strings. Wait until the cooking is done to show off the fun apron the kids got you in order to avoid a potential disaster.
The best way to prevent a fire from getting out of control is to stay in the kitchen the entire time you cook. When a pot catches fire or the casserole in the oven sparks, you need to be able to move quickly to put it out. If you are away from the room, the flames can spread fast and you won’t be able to stop them by the time you get back.
If you are going to deep-fry a turkey, take a few extra steps in order to handle everything safely. Make sure your fryer is on a level surface and isn’t overfilled.
Keep your kids a clear distance away while the fryer heats, cooks and cools. Make sure your turkey is completely thawed. Even a turkey that is only partially thawed can cause the oil to splatter.
Fires may not be 100% preventable, but when you take safety steps, you can greatly cut back on your risks. Your home should also have preventive tools in place in order to keep your family protected.
Make sure there are smoke detectors on every level of your house, including in or near your kitchen. You should check the batteries on your detectors monthly, but make it a point to check the one in your kitchen before you start cooking the holiday meal as well.
A fire extinguisher is another good piece of equipment to have stored in or near the kitchen. Make sure a few people in your household know how to use it as well, so quick action can be taken when something happens. You should also always get pot and pans lids out in order to smother grease fires should they start.
Make this holiday season a safe one. If you do have an event in your home that leaves you with smoke, soot or other fire damage, call us. We are ready to restore your home day or night so that you can keep celebrating every moment of the season.
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