Thanksgiving is two weeks from today! On this holiday, turkey dinners are prepared with all the trimmings, and families gather together to reflect on all the things they are thankful for. Some families may also tune-into a game or parade. Others may head outdoors for their own playbook of football moves. It really is a time for togetherness! Thanksgiving activities, like cooking and decorating can pose some risks, though.
Here are some Thanksgiving safety tips to make sure you have a safe and happy holiday.
Turkey Fryers are Strongly Discouraged
The National Fire Protection Association strongly discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers. “These turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures and units currently available for home use pose significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process,” they said. “In addition, the burners that heat the oil can ignite spilled oil.” The recommended strategy for crispy birds is air frying. Oil-free outdoor turkey fryers are also suggested. Another advantage to these products is healthier food!
Use Caution When Burning Candles
Decorating with candles is an effortless way to add warmth to the holidays, but they can prove dangerous if left unattended or placed anywhere there is concern for an open flame (e.g., floral centerpieces, areas where kids are playing, or in proximity with flammable materials). Flameless candles are ideal in these situations. Flameless pillar, votive, tealights, and taper candles are widely available. You can even find remote operated flameless candles.
Early Holiday Decorating
If you tend to break out the holiday décor on November 1st, a recent study found that you may be happier and more exited for the season than those who wait until December. Decorating early doesn’t mean you value Thanksgiving any less either. However, there are important safety tips to remember here, too. Take care to inspect all string lights and avoid overloading circuits. You should never use string lights or any other lighting decorations that are not UL Certified.
Stay in the Kitchen
Each year, U.S. fire departments respond to hundreds of home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for kitchen fires. The leading contributor? Unattended or distracted cooking. That’s why it’s essential to always stay in the kitchen while cooking. You should also pay attention to the placement of handles – handles should be turned away from the edge – and potholders or tea towels. Additionally, you should unplug all small appliances, including pressure cookers and slow cookers after each use.
This Thanksgiving safety tip is vital. Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly. To test, press the test button, found on the front of the units. A loud, ear-piercing siren should sound. You should perform this test every 30 days. If the sound is weak or nonexistent, try replacing the batteries, using new 9Vs. If that still doesn’t fix the problem, or your detectors are more than 10 years old, replacement is strongly advised.
Hiring certified electricians to inspect, repair, or replace components of your home’s electrical system is crucial for ensuring your safety around the holidays as well as every day of the year. A&H Electric specializes in the installation, repair, and service of all electrical systems in both commercial and residential properties throughout Conroe and the surrounding areas of Texas. Schedule an appointment at (936) 756-0442.