It is officially the holiday season and many will be celebrating Thanksgiving today and tomorrow. With so many different ways of cooking a turkey and serving food, Mason Construction, Ltd. is taking a moment to provide some safety tips for you and your family. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 4.000 fires happen each Thanksgiving Day, usually in the kitchen. Please be safe this Thanksgiving and have a great time with friends and family!
- Never leave your food unattended while frying or grilling.
- Use a timer and routinely check whatever you’re cooking.
- If frying or deep-frying, keep the fryer outside, away from walls, and free from moisture.
- Never use a glass casserole or lid on the stove or burner as it may explode from the heat.
- Ensure that pot holders and food wrappers are a safe distance – at least 3 feet! – from warmed surfaces (i.e. the stove). Position handles so that they face inward.
- Avoid dangling accessories or loose clothes around kitchen fires.
- If using candles or the fireplace, keep those sources of fire shuttered or isolated, and never leave them unattended.
- Never douse a grease fire with water, as the fire can thus spread. Turn off the burner, smother the flames with a lid (wearing an oven mitt), or douse with baking soda or a fire extinguisher if it’s getting out of hand.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen, and know how to use it.
- Ensure your smoke alarms are connected and working.
- Unplug appliances that are small and unnecessary; it’s a smart way to save energy and eliminate potential dangers if something is accidently turned on.
- After the party, walk around the house and ensure candles and fireplaces are extinguished, unnecessary appliances are turned off, and no potential hazards (leftovers, sharp/flammable objects) are in reach of children or pets.
If you’re traveling this weekend, check out some traveling tips from the American Red Cross by clicking here.
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!