Fire safety tips from ServiceMaster of Wichita Falls for a safe Thanksgiving

Make Fire Safety A Priority This Holiday Season

It’s almost that time again and everyone loves a great Thanksgiving meal. It’s a time to celebrate family and give thanks for the many blessings of the year. Whether you’re considering making  turkey, ham or another holiday favorite; cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and injuries. Avoid cooking calamity with these tips from ServiceMaster of Wichita Falls.

  • Stay alert and avoid the use of alcohol until after your holiday masterpiece is finished and on the table.
  • Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food, fire can spark in an instant.
  • Use a timer and check your food regularly while baking, simmering or roasting.
  • Don’t set utensils, oven mitts, paper towels, food packaging and other potentially flammable items within close proximity of your stovetop.
  • Keep the curious kiddos at least 3 feet away from the stove.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are fully functional and are less than 10 years old.
  • Be sure to have a fire extinguisher ready just in case. Check with your provider to see how often service is recommended.

What To Do If You Have A Cooking Fire

  • Leave the house immediately and close the door behind you. Closing the door will help to contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 after you are a safe distance from the home.
  • If you decide to attempt to fight the fire, make sure everyone else is evacuating. Look for a clear way out in case the fire gets too large to safely control.
  • Try using a lid to smother small grease fires when cooking. Slide the lid over the pan, turn off the burner and keep it covered until completely cool.
  • If your oven catches fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • Should you need smoke or fire restoration call us at 940-723-4722.

Check out the National Fire Prevention Association at http://www.nfpa.org/ for more on fire prevention. Remember, it only takes 5 minutes for deadly smoke to fill your home. Be safe and vigilant this holiday season. If you are needing food preparation safety information you can find it at the US Food and Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm188807.htm. Happy Cooking!