Thanksgiving Safety

With the holiday season quickly upon us, Brownstone Insurance would like to remind all of our customers that holiday festivities result in an increase of unfortunate incidents, such as cooking fires.  Please remember to take the necessary precautions to ensure a safe and joyful season for you and your family.

Thanksgiving is recognized as a time to be thankful for what one has, but may take for granted.  Unfortunately, what some people take for granted on this particular day is safety.

I personally have had experience with fire on Thanksgiving Day, though my mother would be very upset if she knew I posted this.  It was Thanksgiving Day roughly 4 or 5 years ago, and my family was settling into their chairs at the dining room table when we heard a brief scream come from the kitchen.  I looked over to see my mother batting a small section of her hair that had caught on fire.  Apparently, some grease from the turkey had spilled over the edge of the pan inside the oven causing an inferno of fire to burn my mother's hair as she was pulling the turkey out of the oven.  She quickly smothered the fire in her hair, but we were forced to open the windows on a 40 degree afternoon to get the smell of burnt hair and charred turkey grease out of the room.

The U.S. Fire Administration reports that more than 4,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving Day.  That is more than double the number of home cooking fires that happen on an average day.  In addition to installing a smoke alarm in the kitchen, there are several easy ways to avoid fires:

  • Don't leave the kitchen while frying and grilling.
  • Keep potholders and food wrappers at least 3 feet away from heat sources while cooking.
  • Use a timer to do kitchen checks when simmering, baking, broiling and roasting.
  • Wear tighter fitting clothing and shorter sleeves while cooking.
  • Make sure your oven and all ranges have been turned off before leaving the kitchen.
  • Turn handles of pots and pans inward to avoid accidents.
  • Follow all manufacturer guidelines regarding the proper use of appliances.
  • Designate a responsible adult to walk around the home after guests leave to make sure all candles and smoking materials are extinguished.
Follow these tips to ensure a happy and safe holiday for you and yours, and from all of us at Brownstone, Happy Thanksgiving!