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How to Prevent Home Fires

Holidays are filled with warmth, family, friends and who can forget - delicious food! With all of the hustle and bustle this holiday brings, it’s no wonder why Thanksgiving and Christmas are the leading days for kitchen fires. If you’re hosting this holiday season, the kitchen may be the center of your holiday activities and it’s important to be careful when we’re distracted by friends and family as we try to get the big feast onto the table.

According to the chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor to kitchen fires. These were followed b, having flammable items too close to heating equipment and forgetting to turn the stove/oven off.

Fires can not only leave quite a mess, but they can also be deadly. Ensure to take the proper precautions when cooking to ensure you have a safe and happy holiday.

To prevent a kitchen fire, follow these tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on your cooking.

  • Wear short or close-fitting sleeves. Loose clothing can catch fire.

  • Turn pan handles toward the back of the stove to prevent children and others from spilling a pan’s scalding contents onto themselves.

  • Keep curtains, towels, and pot holders away from hot surfaces, and store solvents and flammable cleaners away from heat sources.

  • Watch children closely so they don’t come into contact with cooking food or hot stovetops.

  • Prior to cooking, make sure you have a working smoke detector installed.

How to Put Out a Kitchen Fire

  • Call the fire department (911) immediately.

  • Slide a pan lid over flames to smother a grease or oil fire, then turn off the heat and leave the lid in place until the pan cools. Never carry the pan outside.

  • Extinguish other food fires with baking soda. Never use water or flour on cooking fires.

  • Keep the oven door shut and turn off the heat to smother an oven or broiler fire.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.

If you do happen to be the victim of a fire this holiday or any day of the year, Taylored Restoration is here to ease the burden of the aftermath and clean-up. We’re available 24/7 when you need us most with our emergency crew. Happy Holidays everyone and be safe!!

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