Let’s Talk Turkey! (Safety)
Thanksgiving is packed with a variety of traditions: Spending time with loved ones, watching football, and having a delicious meal of cranberry sauce, stuffing, and most importantly, turkey! This joyous time of year provides the opportunity to create many memories, however it also ushers in a rise in property damages from fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S fire departments responded to an estimated 1,400 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving in 2019, the peak day for such fires. So, when preparing your Thanksgiving meal, make sure to keep yourself and your property safe by following the below precautions:
- Do not leave items unattended while cooking on the stovetop. Watch for pots to bubble over and reduce heat as necessary.
- Keep children and pets out of the kitchen while cooking your Thanksgiving meal. This reduces the risk of items being knocked off the stovetop, or oven knobs being adjusted unintentionally.
- If frying your turkey, ensure that the bird is completely thawed before placing into hot grease. Keep your turkey fryer a safe distance from any structures, foliage, or furniture when in use.
- Make sure all your smoke alarms are in working order. They can be checked by pushing the “test” button.
- Do not leave towels, oven mitts, or other flammable materials near the stovetop while in use.
- Make sure to have an in-date fire extinguisher available in your kitchen in case a fire does occur.
In the unfortunate event that your home does suffer fire damages this Thanksgiving, trust SERVPRO of North Pensacola to help. Our team of professional cleanup and restoration technicians has a variety of training and experience to help make your damage “Like it never even happened.” To learn more or request service, please give us a call at 850-466-3076. We wish you a Happy (and safe) Thanksgiving!