Orlando, Fla. — Now with Thanksgiving right around the corner, families should take some safety precautions during one of the biggest kitchen celebration of the year.
This much awaited holiday is all about families gathered, giving thanks and spending a day with loved ones. Traveling plans can be tough depending on weather conditions but cooking is a bit more complicated. Unfortunately the festive Thanksgiving meal can lead to house fires. And fires can lead to injuries, deaths, or property loss, so make sure to follow some safety suggestions for this holiday.
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Did you know?
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.
For each year from 2011 to 2013, an estimated 2,100 residential building fires were reported to fire departments in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day and caused an estimated 10 deaths, 50 injuries and $28 million in property loss.
Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings occurred most frequently from noon to 3 p.m., when many people most likely were preparing Thanksgiving dinner. Fires then declined throughout the evening. This stands in contrast to the rest of the year, when residential building fires peaked during “normal” dinnertime hours of 5 to 8 p.m.
When you fry foods, you increase the risk of a cooking fire and fried turkey has become very popular during recent years.
Five dangers of deep frying a turkey:
1. Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot oil across a large area.
2. An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill over when the turkey is placed inside.
3. A partially frozen turkey will cause hot oil to splatter.
4. Turkey fryers can easily overheat and start a fire.
5. The pot, lid and handles of a turkey fryer can get dangerously hot and cause burn injuries.
Most non-fatal Thanksgiving Day fire injuries occurred when people tried to fight the fires themselves.
What do you do if your home catches fire when you’re preparing Thanksgiving dinner? According to safewise.com:
1. Extinguish the Fire if Possible
2. If the fire has just sparked—for example, a pan catches fire on the stove—you may be able to contain it. Grab your fire extinguisher and remember to PASS: pull the pin, aim at the base of the flames, squeeze the extinguisher handle, and sweep from side to side until the fire is extinguished. Make sure that the fire is completely out and not still smoldering. Crawl Beneath the Flames to Escape
Fire produces smoke and poisonous gases that can cause lightheadedness or loss of consciousness if inhaled—both of which can cause issues if you’re trying to get out of a burning building. To escape a fire and its fumes, crawl to the closest exit, remembering that it may be a window. Staying low to the ground will help protect you from inhaling smoke and toxic gases.
3. Check Doors and Doorknobs for Heat
If you must go through a door to get to an exit, check if the door is hot. If the door (or doorknob) is warm to the touch, there could be fire raging on the other side, so do not go through it. If you open a door and see fire or smoke, shut the door and go to a second exit.
4. Run to Safety
Once you make your way outside, run away from the fire to safety. Part of the house or apartment, like the roof or siding, may catch fire and fall around the perimeter of the building, so run across the street or down the block to safety.
5. Call for Help
Once you have made it away from the fire, call 911. If you don’t have a cellphone, go to a neighbor’s house and ask to borrow a phone. Tell the operator that there’s been a fire at your address, and then keep the line open to see if they need any other information.
Keep yourself, your family, and your guests safe. You can call 911 when everyone has evacuated.
Property damage and liability coverage for incidents involving fires are typically eligible for coverage under standard home insurance policies. To be sure of getting maximum coverage in such an event, you must review your current Homeowners policy and gather any missing details and modify if needed.
One of our homeowners insurance specialists will be glad to assist you in the process. One more thing to be thankful about ;-) …