Enjoy a Fire-Free Holiday Season | SERVPRO of West Forsyth County
The holidays are back again, and we couldn’t be more excited to eat…we mean share joy with the family. Gathering the family is always a blessing, but we do love the food that comes along with our celebrations. If you are the family chef, make sure you employ a little extra safety.
The number of house fires that happen every year always increases around the holidays, and the kitchen is one of the top places they start. The good news is when you prioritize safety you can enjoy every bite of every meal.
When you head into the kitchen to prepare the holiday meal, add a few extra steps in order to prepare your space as well. Kitchen fires spread faster when there is clutter close to heat sources.
Remove anything decorative before you cook, and pay attention to where your towels, pot holders and oven mitts are. Don’t just toss them down after you use them, always keep them a safe distance from the stove.
Watch out for wooden utensils, and store them away from anything hot. It only takes a single spark or pop of grease to start a disaster.
Think about what you are wearing as well. Avoid anything with strings, flowing fabric or dangling decorations. Skip the cute apron the kiddos made you until after the cooking is done in order to keep yourself safe.
The best way to keep your kitchen safe is to stay close by when anything is cooking. Kitchen fires can get out of control very quickly.
Fires can start whether you are baking, grilling or frying. You need to be in the room in order to take quick action and stop the flames before your entire kitchen is on fire.
If you are planning on deep-frying a turkey, you will need to take a few extra steps in order to stay safe. Don’t overfill the oil, and make sure the fryer is on a level surface.
Thaw your turkey out completely before cooking it. A frozen turkey can cause an explosion when it hits hot oil, and a partially thawed turkey can cause oil splatter that will burn anyone nearby.
Fires may not be completely preventable, but when you take as many steps as possible towards safety you can lower your risks. Make sure your home is properly prepared as well.
There should be smoke detectors on every level of your home, including in or near your kitchen. Check the batteries monthly, but take an extra step and check the one in your kitchen before you head in to cook the holiday meal.
A small fire extinguisher is another piece of equipment you should have stored near your kitchen. Keep your pan lids in arms’ reach as well so that you can quickly smother any grease fires that might pop up while you cook.
Make this season a safe one. If something does happen in your home that leaves you dealing with fire damage, call us. We are available around the clock to get your home put back together fast. Our team will handle your restoration so that you can get back to celebrating.
House fires can happen in the blink of an eye. Contact us for a quick restoration day or night!