The countdown to Thanksgiving, along with all the turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie has begun. This particular holiday is all about giving thanks and spending a day with friends, family and loved ones.
Each year between 2011 and 2013, Thanksgiving Day produced an average of 2,100 residential building fires, resulting in $28 million in property damage, 50 injuries, and 10 deaths, according to the U.S National Fire Protection Association.
Also, assign guests items to bring for the meal. Having a potluck-style Thanksgiving dinner will prevent you from doing all the cooking, so you won’t be trying to cook multiple dishes at once. Giving your undivided attention to one dish at a time will help to keep food from burning and starting fires.
And when you want to chat with your guests while you’re cooking, call them into the kitchen with you. Leaving the room while food is in the oven or on the burners is a risky move that makes your home insurance provider sweat.
Don't Wear LOOSE clothing!!! Let’s set the scene: You’re wearing a baggy sweater while sauteing vegetables in oil, and you divert your attention to talk to a family member. A fire ignites, and, in a panic, you attempt to move the pan to the sink to run water over it. When you move the pan, your loose sleeve connects with the flames and, in a flash, your entire arm is on fire.
Keep fire hazards away from the stove. Just like ill-fitting clothing is a hazard that can easily ignite, so are things like potholders, wooden utensils, towels, and flowers. Keep these items away from burners and the oven to reduce the chances of having a kitchen fire.
It’s also important to keep pets out of the kitchen. Say you just turned off the burner, but Fido comes sniffing around, puts his paws up on the counter, and accidentally slides a towel on top of the still-hot burner without you noticing, causing it to be engulfed in flames. Avoid this type of scenario by keeping the dog in a gated room and by keeping other hazards at bay.
Know the biggest risks.
Frying puts you at the greatest risk for home fires. So if you’re deep-frying the turkey this year, take extra precautions.
The majority of non-fatal Thanksgiving Day fire injuries occurred when people tried to fight the fires themselves. If your home catches fire when you’re preparing Thanksgiving dinner, and you don’t have a fire extinguisher on hand, just get everyone out of the house.
Keep yourself, your family, and your guests safe. You can call 911 when everyone has evacuated.
The good news is that property damage and liability coverage for incidents involving fires are typically eligible for coverage under standard home insurance policy That’s something to be thankful for.
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