Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips
Thanksgiving is around the corner and we at SERVPRO of Cecil County are excited to take part in this annual tradition of great food, friends and family. While this time of year is truly a time to celebrate and give thanks, our fire restoration specialists see the holiday a little differently. According to The National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires in the United States. Our fire restoration professionals are all too familiar with the devastation a house fire can bring to your home, but there are steps you can take to prevent a fire disaster from ruining your perfect holiday.
- Stay in the kitchen and check on the food periodically.
- Young children should always be kept away from the stove and any other fire hazards.
- The floor should be clear of any items that can cause a potential slip or fall.
- It is also a good idea to ensure that your smoke alarms are properly working.
By following these safety tips, we guarantee that you and your family will have a safe Thanksgiving. Should you experience fire damage in your home, contact SERVPRO of Cecil County and we’ll make your holiday disaster “Like it never even happened".
Smoke Alarm Safety
No one wants to think about a fire striking their home or business, but preparation can be the key to keeping everyone safe and minimizing damages. The National Fire Protection Association states that smoke alarms should always be properly installed and maintained in order to do just that.
Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom and on every floor of the property. Be sure to test smoke alarms each month using the test button. Replace the batteries every year and the entire alarm every ten years.
You should check your state requirements to ensure all codes are met. These smoke alarms typically do not require as much testing and can activate throughout the building if smoke is detected in one area.
By following these steps, you can protect your home or business from a devastating fire loss. Should you experience any fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Cecil County. We can help make your disaster “Like it never even happened”.
Kitchen Grease Fire
Late this summer, SERVPRO of Cecil County was called to an Elkton home that experienced a grease fire in their kitchen. After leaving a pan on the stove, the kitchen was extensively burned along with other areas of the home being affected. Grease fires are a serious safety hazard. Here’s how you can prevent them in your home.
- Safety First! Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen or nearby.
- Be Cautious! Do not leave the room when a hot pan is on the stove.
- Be Alert! If the grease starts to smoke, turn down the heat.
- Be Prepared! Keep anything combustible away from the stove such as dish towels.
- Be Smart! If a pan catches fire, do not throw water on it. Instead, smother the flames by using an oven mitt to place the lid on top of the pan.
By following these precautions, you will keep your home safe from grease fires and be able to enjoy your kitchen for years to come.