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Holiday Kitchen Safety

The holiday season is a time of gathering. For many, that starts in the kitchen- making family recipes and decorating cookies.  Unfortunately, the holidays are also prime time for cooking fires.

Some upsetting statistics provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • Four times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day.

  • The day before Thanksgiving is the second leading day for cooking fires followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.

  • Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.

But don’t let these statistics scare you away from participating in the holiday festivities! Follow the below safety tips to help ensure your holiday celebrations are nothing but merry.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.

  • ​Watch your clothing – Large fitting shirts and aprons can catch fire

  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.

  • Do not throw hot grease in the garbage- Let grease cool and dispose of it in an aluminum can

  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.

  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.

  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button

  • Be prepared in case you do have a fire

    • Have a fire escape plan, practice with your family monthly

    • Never try to put out a grease fire with and never pick up a burning pot and put it in the sink

    • For stovetop fires, put a proper fitting lid over the pan to smother it

HarenLaughlin Restoration wishes you and your family a safe and happy start to your holiday season!

Our technicians are expertly trained in fire cleanup and respond to emergency calls 24/7, 365 days a year.

Simply dial (913) 890-3473 and HL Restoration will be there for you!