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Tips to Prevent Thanksgiving Kitchen Fires
Thanksgiving is upon us once again, and while most of us will be careful not to overeat, it’s important to be just as careful with our cooking. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving Day is prominent for cooking-related fires.
Three times as many fires occur on this day than any other in the year. Fires are so common on Thanksgiving that in 2010 alone, a total of 1,370 fires were reported. Don’t let your Thanksgiving Day become another statistic. At Shepard Walton King, we want to help you with the best tips to keep your kitchen fire-free during this year’s celebrations.
Keep a Close Watch
If you’re planning to fry, grill or broil in your kitchen, it’s important to stay put until the food is ready. If, for any reason, you absolutely must leave the kitchen, then play it safe by turning off your stove. Methods such as baking, roasting and boiling can take a bit longer, but this doesn’t mean you should leave your food unattended. Remain at home during the process and set a timer at different intervals as a reminder.
Watch the Flammables
Things such as mitts, wooden utensils, towels and curtains can easily catch fire. Always make sure to keep them as far away from the stovetop as possible. While Thanksgiving can be an amazing day, all of that cooking can make you sleepy and tired. If you start to feel that way, make sure to have someone help you while giving yourself some much-needed rest.
In Case of Fire
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try to prevent them, accidents happen. If a fire breaks out in your kitchen, make sure to do the following:
- If the fire is small, smother it with a lid and keep it covered until it cools off
- If the fire occurs in the oven, shut it off and keep the door closed
- When the fire is large, get out and shut the door behind you to help suppress it
- Contact 911
Whether it’s Thanksgiving Day or Fourth of July, at Shepard Walton King, we can offer the insurance plan that best fits your needs. Don’t run the risk of losing everything you own to a fire, flood or storm.
Our insurance specialists will offer the protection you need to keep the things you own safe and sound, year-round. For more information about our insurance services or to receive a quote, contact our location in McAllen today.