It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Between Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and everything in between, these last few months are both the most festive and busiest times of the year. We at Volk’s Avanti Insurance hope that you make the most of this holiday season and are able to celebrate safely in the presence of family and friends. Here are some holiday safety tips to keep in mind!
Cooking fires are the number one cause of house fires and related injuries. The majority of cooking fires start when common household items, such as wall coverings, paper or plastic bags, or curtains, catch on fire.
Recent statistics state that 118,700 fires involved cooking equipment. These fires resulted in 250 deaths and 3880 injuries. So Holiday Safety is essential!
- Never leave food on the stove top unattended while it is still cooking. Remember to check on food cooking inside the oven.
- Food tastes better when made in a clean kitchen! Clean cooking areas and verify that combustibles like potholders, towels, rags, drapes, and food packaging aren’t near a flame.
- Why not create a kid-free zone around the zone? You’ll feel less stressed and children and pets will be less likely to be injured or cause injuries.
- Flip pot handles inside-out if possible so they become more difficult to bump. This will also prevent children from grabbing them easily.
- Clothing matters! Anything loose, like a sleeve, can dangle and catch fire. Make sure your sleeves are short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves.
6. It might seem counterintuitive, but never use a wet oven mitt. The moisture could heat up quickly and scald you.
In case of a fire…
- Always keep a potholder, oven mitt, and lid or baking soda nearby. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, turn of the source of heat immediately. Then carefully put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by sliding the lid over the pan or covering the fire with baking soda. Please don’t remove the lid until it has cooled down completely. Remember: never pour water on a grease fire and never discharge a fire extinguisher onto a pan fire! Burning grease could be splashed or sprayed around the kitchen, allowing the fire to spread.
- In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat first and do not open the door. Opening it could cause you or your clothing to be burned. Have your oven serviced before using it again.
- If there is a microwave fire, keep the door closed and unplug the microwave. Have the oven serviced before you use it again. And safety first! Food cooked in a microwave can be extremely hots, so remove the lids or other coverings from microwaved food carefully to prevent steam burns.