Get your stretchy pants ready: It’s almost Thanksgiving. You’ll feast on everything from cranberry sauce to pumpkin pie, and you’ll likely spend the day with the people you love most. As you prepare for the food-filled holiday, you may be thinking about how you’ll cook the main dish. Turkey is what Thanksgiving is all about, and getting your bird ready will likely take up a lot of time.
But, did you know Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment? According to the National Fire Protection Association, fires are three times more likely on Thanksgiving. To help you avoid any mishaps this holiday season, keep reading for some helpful cooking safety tips.
Cooking Safety Tip #1: Don’t Leave The Turkey Unattended
First, whether you’re baking the turkey in the oven or using a deep fryer, it’s important to keep an eye on the dish. You’ll likely be tempted to multitask, but you run the risk of fire if you leave and forget about your dinner. Remember, stay close by and don’t leave home while cooking a turkey.
Cooking Safety Tip #2: Be Careful With Lit Candles
As you prepare the table for dinner, you might think about adding some candles to give your table setting a bit of fall flair or helping neutralize all the food smells. Lit candles are another leading cause of home fires, so it’s important to be cautious and never leave a candle where you may forget it.
Cooking Safety Tip #3: Leave Fire Fighting To The Pros
If something is burning, and you have a fire extinguisher within safe reach, feel free to grab it. Otherwise, evacuate your home immediately. More than half of people who are injured during cooking incidents were injured because they attempted to fight the fire themselves. It isn’t worth saving your dinner––if the fire reaches a point where it’s spreading quickly, you’ll likely only hurt yourself if you intervene.
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Remember, the team at IRS Repair hopes you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We specialize in residential and commercial restoration. Whether you’re dealing with fire, wind, water, or mold damage, we have experts who can help. Call our emergency response line at 954-725-2895.