This week, millions of Americans are gearing up to celebrate a day of friends, family, and feasting. But, unfortunately, it is also the day of the year where most fires occur. There are more than three times as many fires on Thanksgiving day than any other day of the year. It is one of the few days a year where almost every household in the country is cooking, baking, or frying something. So how can you protect your home and your loved ones this Thanksgiving? By following these fire-free safety tips.
Fire-Free Tip 1: Don’t Leave Food Unattended
This can be a tricky one when you are trying to make a feast but most fires happen when they are not attended. Be sure to keep an eye on your stove top, oven, or fryer to ensure nothing gets out of hand.
Fire-Free Tip 2: Fry Away From Home
Deep-fried turkey was actually invented in the 1930s but it didn’t become popular until the late 1980s or early 1990s. This process is done by lowering a turkey into a giant vat of 400-degree oil that is heated with a propane gas. With an accelerated cooking time, it is no wonder this is a popular option. But it can also be a dangerous one. So when frying your turkey this year, make sure to use the fryer outside, away from walls and moisture.
Fire-Free Tip 3: Keep Fire Extinguishers Handy
While most people keep their fire extinguishers under the sink or in a pantry, these are not the best place for them. Your fire extinguishers should be kept near the exit and in plain sight in case of an emergency. A fire can consume a room in under a minute, so be sure to act fast and be safe.
Fire-Free Tip 4: Never Use Water
It may seem instinctual to use water to put out a fire, but this is one of the worst things you can do in the event of a grease fire. A grease fire will actually spread if water is added to it. Instead, turn off the burner and smother the flames with a lid or baking soda to extinguisher the fire.
Thanksgiving is a great time for friends, family, and feasting, but don’t make this your last holiday. When cooking this year, be safe, stay alert, and call for help if you need it.
Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving from Fireline!
At Fireline, we offer an array of portable fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and sprinkler systems to keep commercial kitchens safe. Fireline offers the highest quality alarm systems to keep your business safe from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. We also offer fire suppression systems as well to help keep commercial fires controlled should they break out. Our trained technicians will work with you to determine which air sampling smoke detection system is best for your business. We will also help install and maintain the system for your commercial building.