Fire Safety Tips for Thanksgiving
Autumn is in full swing if the colorful foliage and cool weather are any indication. Which means Thanksgiving is just around the corner!
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. Our teams at SERVPRO of Rockville-Olney & Silver Spring North offer a few tips to better ensure your safety, as well as the safety of your family, pets, property and belongings during the holiday season.
First, let's talk turkey, and oven preparation. To prepare, clean your stove and oven. Old food crumbs and grease must be removed. Over time, grease can build up, leaving quite a residue that can be 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
We wish our customers & friends a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!
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