Fire Safety Tips for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and with it comes all the cleaning and cooking preparations that need to be done. During Thanksgiving, the danger of starting a fire at home is most likely to be expected due to the fact that everyone is busy preparing food. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking was the leading cause of reported residential fires from 2014 to 2018, and the peak days for home cooking fires were Thanksgiving and Christmas.

A fire can burn a residential house in no time and leave thousands of dollars worth of losses and property damage that need repairing and restoration by a professional fire damage restoration company, such as ServiceMaster by Wright. Homeowners must always ensure the safety of their family and property, so essential steps must be taken to protect the home from a fire incident this Thanksgiving. ServiceMaster by Wright discusses important fire safety tips to prevent residential fires in this article.

Statistics for Thanksgiving Fires

The following are the key findings of the NFPA research on Home Cooking Fires, published in July 2020:

Tips to Prevent Home Fires this Thanksgiving

Cooking Safety

Follow these tips to avoid cooking fires during Turkey Day.

  • Cooking in the KitchenCheck food often while cooking. Cooking timers are useful when working on multiple dishes at once. Use them to remember when to inspect certain items or when other foods are cooked. Never leave cooking food unattended; if there is a need to leave the kitchen, turn off the stove.
  • Do not throw water on a grease fire because it will just distribute the fire all over the kitchen.
  • Wear proper clothing in the kitchen. Loose clothing or dangling sleeves can get stained, cause spills, or catch fire.
  • Remove flammable materials near any heat-generating appliance. This includes pot holders, oven mitts, food packaging and wooden utensils.
  • Keep children away from the kitchen. This is to make sure that they will not play with matches or stove fire. Establish a safe distance of three (3) feet between young children and the stove.
  • Clean surfaces to reduce grease accumulation. Grease fires are a major part of the cooking fire problem, according to the NFPA. Grease buildup could help ignite a fire if one does break out.
  • Turn off all cooking equipment when done. This includes ovens, stoves, fryers, and other appliances used to cook the meals.

Cooking Fire Damage? Trust ServiceMaster by Wright, Southwest Florida's Leading Fire Damage Restoration Company

Kitchen Fire Damage Bear these tips in mind to keep your Thanksgiving celebration safe. However, if a fire does occur, there are companies with technicians who have the skills to perform expert fire damage repair, restoration, and cleanup, such as ServiceMaster by Wright in Southwest Florida.

ServiceMaster by Wright is a leading fire damage restoration company performing content cleaningsmoke and soot damage removal, and fire damage repair since 1979. We have pioneered fire and smoke damage restoration solutions for homeowners and businesses in Sarasota, Florida, and are also an insurance-preferred vendor.

ServiceMaster by Wright is an IICRC-certified firm that has the proper and specialized equipment to facilitate the efficient and effective restoration process to be undertaken by well-trained and proficient technicians. Contact ServiceMaster by Wright at 239-431-9947 for fire damage repair services in Southwest Florida and surrounding areas. We cater to clients in Bonita SpringsBradentonCape CoralEnglewoodEsteroFort MyersLehigh AcresLongboat KeyNaplesMarco IslandPort CharlottePunta GordaSarasotaSiesta Key, and Venice.