Tips for a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a great time to gather your family and enjoy a home-cooked meal together around the table.  Unfortunately, Thanksgiving Day tops the charts as one of the peak days for home cooking fires. 

Every year across the United States, deep fryer fires result in more than $15 million in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.  Luckily, cooking fires are easily preventable. 

Here are a few holiday safety tips:

1.  When cooking inside using a gas or propane stove, run any vents around the stove and open windows/doors periodically to circulate fresh air to make sure that carbon monoxide does not build up in your home.  The stove is a common source of carbon monoxide, especially if you are cooking for several hours.

2. Make sure your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector are working properly in your home.

3. In case of a fire on top of the stove, shut off the stove and cover the burning pan with a lid or use a fire extinguisher.  It is important to NOT throw water, salt, flour, or any other substance onto the fire as these can cause the fire to flare up.

4. If there is a fire inside the oven, turn off the oven and leave the door shut. Call 9-1-1 to report the fire and leave the home until firefighters arrive.

5. If using candles for decorations, never leave them unattended and keep combustible items as far away as possible.

6. If you allow smoking in your house, make sure that all smoking material is properly discarded.


All of us here at MDF wish you and your families a safe and happy Thanksgiving!


For more information, you can visit: http://www.8newsnow.com/story/9421283/thanksgiving-holiday-safety-tips




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