No one wants to think about this possibility at Thanksgiving time, but it is a good idea to go over some fire safety tips to safeguard as best you can. “Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.” says the NFPA. Here are a few to think over:
· Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
· Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
· Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
· Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
· Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
· Keep knives out of the reach of children.
· Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
· Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
· Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
· Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
Here are some other helpful articles from Brotherhood Mutual for our Churches, Schools and Ministries:
Take Steps to Prevent Fires
Give your ministry a fire safety checkup with help from our articles and checklists (Read more) as well as from Chubb Insurance regarding Fire Pits:
Fancy (and Practical) Firepits Stylish patio and backyard firepits to keep you cozy this winter (Read More).
Whatever your plans are for the Thanksgiving Holidays, we hope that it will be filled with blessings, that you will have safety in travel and at home, that you will take time to thank and love those around you and be most thankful to God for all His good gifts.
Happy Thanksgiving from CLH!