Fire Safety Tips for Thanksgiving
Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away?
At SERVPRO of Rockville-Olney and Silver Spring North, we wish all of you a safe and happy Thanksgiving! While Thanksgiving is a joyous time when family and friends gather together and give thanks, it’s also the time of year when the number of house fires increases. We want to provide you with a few tips to better ensure your safety, as well as the safety of your family, pets, property, and belongings, during the holiday season.
In a previous blog (https://www.SERVPROrockvillesilverspringnorth.com/blog/post/171133/fire-smoke-damage-restoration/turkey-tips), we discussed how fires can be caused by a propane deep-fryer and a turkey. Please reference that post if you’ll be preparing your turkey by that method. We have provided very valuable and important tips you must follow when frying your turkey that way in the blog linked above. Avoiding cautions can result in a serious home/property fire.
In this blog, we will outline and provide tips for when you cook your turkey in the oven.
To prepare, clean your stove and oven. Old food crumbs and grease must be removed. Over time, grease can buildup, leaving quite a residue, which can be very flammable.
When you’re ready to put your turkey in the oven, set a timer. Also make sure your smoke alarms are working in case of an emergency.
While a fire caused by baking a turkey in the oven is much less common than a fire caused by frying a turkey, it’s still very important to take all precautions and while in use, to monitor the oven closely.
A few safety tips to follow include:
- No long sleeves while cooking to avoid catching on fire
- Pot handles turned towards the back of the stove to avoid tipping or falling
- Remember health safety tips too!
- Thaw and dry properly
- Use a meat thermometer to ensure turkey has been fully cooked
Again, we wish each of you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!
See our website for more fire safety tips!