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Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips for the Houston Home

Thanksgiving in Houston means large family gatherings, deep fried turkey, and every stove burner and inch of oven in use. Kitchens around the city will see more action on this single day than they do all year. They are packed with food, relatives, children and pets. With all the distractions, it’s no surprise that Thanksgiving has more home fires than any other day of the year. The good news is, most home and kitchen fires are preventable. A few Thanksgiving fire safety tips will go a long way in protecting your Houston home and keeping you and your loved ones safe.

  • Do not leave cooking equipment unattended while in use. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, this is the number one cause of kitchen fires. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
  • Clean cooking surfaces regularly through the day to prevent grease fires.
  • Keep at least one fire extinguisher in plain sight in the kitchen.
  • If deep frying a turkey, do it outside on a stable, non-flammable surface and away from the building. Eliminate even more fire risk by deep frying your turkey with a new oil-less turkey fryer. Safer and healthier!
  • Before frying the turkey, make sure it is completely thawed.
  • Do NOT put water on a grease fire. If a grease fire erupts in your kitchen, immediately turn off the burner. Smother the flames with a lid or douse them with baking soda. If the fire is too big or out of control, use a fire extinguisher.
  • Keep children and pets at least 3ft away from the stove or heat generating appliances. For kids that want to help in the kitchen, consider setting up a kids’ cooking space with kid friendly cooking activities.
  • Keep all flammable cooking tools, paper and plastic away from the stove and other heat generating appliances. It’s a good idea to keep an extra trash can nearby so food wrappers and paper do not accumulate on the counter or stove. Keep in mind, food scraps can also be flammable when exposed to direct heat or flames.
  • Never leave the house while cooking the turkey.
  • If your oven catches fire, immediately turn it off and shut the door. Keep the door closed until it is cool.
  • Never leave your frying or grilling food unattended.
  • Unplug appliances that are not in use. It will help save energy and eliminate a fire hazard!
  • After the party, check the stoves, ovens and other appliances to make sure they are off.

If you have an uncontrollable cooking fire, do not wait. Evacuate everyone out of the house and close the door behind you. Call 9-1-1 as soon as possible after you are outside of the home.

Check both your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors before the Thanksgiving holiday. These can be tested by pressing the test button and listening for a beep.

Add an extra layer of protection for your home with Universal’s comprehensive and thorough home safety inspection. Our professional’s will ensure that your home is in top safety shape for the holiday. Call today to schedule your appointment!

As the holiday quickly approaches, make sure to keep these Thanksgiving safety tips in mind! Should you come across any electrical, plumbing or HVAC hazards along the way, call Universal Home Experts right away. We offer same-day service and upfront pricing.