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Thanksgiving Safety

We all have a lot of things to be thankful for—let's make sure our safety remains one of them.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving Day is the No 1. day for home fires, with more than 4,000 fires taking place nationwide. As you prepare for your Thanksgiving celebrations, keep these tips in mind—you’ll thank us later.

Most fires occur in the kitchen, so keep yours tidy and stay attentive! Unattended cooking is the leading factor contributing to cooking fires and fire-related injuries and deaths. Staying tidy helps keep combustible items (e.g., oven mitts, dish towels) and trip hazards from causing any sort of kitchen disaster.

Pumpkin spice and everything nice. Sure, that new pumpkin-spice candle is great for setting the ambiance but with a crowded house and lots of kiddos, your candles can be a whole lot more trouble than they’re worth. Keep open flames under constant supervision, lighters and matches out of reach of little ones, and fireplace fires behind a screen. You should also make sure your fire alarms are functioning properly.

Turkey Tips: If you’re deep-frying your turkey, do it outside. Keep it free from moisture and distant from flammable objects. If using an electrical carving knife with a cord, unplug it immediately after using. Make sure you thaw and cook your turkey properly, and store leftovers properly to eliminate risk of food poisoning. You can call 1-888-674-6854 (USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline) with any cooking questions.

Handling a Fire: If it does happen, make sure you know how to handle your fire appropriately. Never douse a grease fire with water as the fire can spread. Instead, smother the fire with a lid, cover with baking soda or use a fire extinguisher if it’s getting out of hand. To prevent a fire from starting to begin with, avoid loose clothing and accessories, like scarves, that might catch.

Time to unplug: Make sure all your small and unnecessary appliances are unplugged after use. Doing so keeps you safe and your energy bill low.

Follow these tips—you’ll be grateful that you did! For any other questions about securing your propane line or keeping your house heated, give us a call, visit our web page, or come talk with us in person at any of our locations.