Stay Merry this Thanksgiving by Taking Fire Precautions
The only thing worse than a burnt turkey on Thanksgiving is being forced to evacuate your home because of a fire. Thanksgiving Day is the most common day for kitchen fires in New England and across the nation, as pointed out by NECN, and cooking accidents are the leading cause (77 percent) of Thanksgiving house fires nationally, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
Rising Thanksgiving Fire Risks
Unattended cooking is a particularly dangerous practice, notes the National Fire Protection Association, and in terms of equipment, turkey fryers pose a special hazard — as graphically demonstrated by a Boston magazine video.
With children running around the house, the chances of bumping into a pot on the stove or knocking over a dinner candle only increases the risk of a fire ruining your holiday get together.
Fighting Thanksgiving Fire with Caution
Besides dining out with your family, there are practical things you can do to make the holiday as safe as possible. The NFPA offers some practical tips:
- When cooking on the stove top, remain in the kitchen so you keep your food in line of sight
- While cooking a turkey, check on it frequently and remain in the house
- Make sure starter lighters are well away from children
- Test your smoke alarms to ensure they are functioning properly
To give yourself an extra boost of safety, however, you may want to monitor your house’s overall environmental conditions during the holiday and beyond. Consider installing a complete fire detection and alerting system using the latest and most reliable components.
American Alarm is a New England vendor and services provider that can deploy a residential fire detection system optimized for your house and its layout. Seconds can make a huge difference
between a minor incident and a major disaster on Thanksgiving. With a 24/7 fire monitoring system in place, you can feel secure whether awake or asleep. Talk to us today.
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