Thanksgiving is Just Around the Corner
We're available 24/7/365 because the leading cause of home fires is cooking. (Not your cooking, of course)
With November upon us, the holidays will be here before we know it. We at SERVPRO want to make sure you and your families are safe over the holidays. Use these tips to enforce a safe cooking environment in your home!
1. Don’t Desert the Turkey
Too many cooks can be great in a Thanksgiving kitchen. They make sure that food is never left unattended over open flames. If you’re manning things by yourself, call in backup when you need to leave the room.
2. Let Timers Keep You Safe
Stay organized and save food from overcooking with several kitchen timers. You aren’t as distracted when you know the minutes are accounted for. It keeps you safer because you don’t let roasting dishes get too hot and reach temperatures that can damage and spark the oven’s heating element.
3. Keep Flammables at a Distance
Pot holders and dish towels are obvious hazards, but napkins, food packaging and cooking utensils can also catch fire on the stove top. Designate a corner away from open flames for safely stashing stuff.
4. Unplug the Unused
Cut down on potential electrical overload and sparking by cutting down on countertop appliances. If you don’t use it, store it. This is one of those Thanksgiving cooking safety tips that also helps keep your busy kitchen organized.
5. Dress for Cooking Success
Think about what you plan on wearing for that all-day cooking marathon. A favorite sweater tossed around your shoulders or long, loose sleeves can turn you into a fire hazard. Think from head to toe. Wear comfortable shoes that keep you on your feet instead of setting you up for a fall.