Practice Fire Safety This Thanksgiving

Practice Fire Safety This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Fire SafetyThanksgiving is the time to gather friends and family around the table, show appreciation, and of course cook and eat some amazing food. Every year, many people break out old family favorites and try their hand at new recipes. While all of this cooking can be fun, it comes with a fair amount of risk.

To stay safe while cooking the holiday meal this year, remember the following tips.

Never Leave Cooking Food Unattended

With family arriving and all of the commotion that comes with having a house full of people, it can be tempting to leave the kitchen to greet guests and chat. It may be unrealistic for everyone to stay in the kitchen throughout the whole day, but always make sure that there is at least one person keeping an eye on cooking foods. A few minutes is all that it takes for a fire to become uncontrollable.

Follow the Directions

Many fires are started every year by people deep frying a turkey for the first time and not following the directions. Just about any recipe that involves grease and heat has the potential to become dangerous if the directions are not followed exactly. “Winging it” can become risky when there are so many activities taking place at once, so take the time to read and follow directions.

Watch Fabrics around Flames and Burners

Many families have the tradition of getting dressed up for Thanksgiving. This can be problematic if clothing is loose fitting or if there are accessories that can fall off. Remove jackets and hats and be mindful of having fabrics near open flames or heat sources when cooking. Also be careful when putting pot holders, oven mitts, and towels down to keep these articles away from heat and flames.

Keep Fire Extinguishers on Hand

Fire extinguishers should be readily available so that they can be reached in an instant when cooking Thanksgiving dinner. It is important that several people understand how to use the fire extinguishers. It is also critical that everyone knows what types of fires different fire extinguishers should be used for.

Know How to Put a Fire Out

Different types of fires require different methods and substances to extinguish. Water may be useful for putting out wood fires, but this is generally unhelpful when you are cooking. Baking soda and chemical fire extinguishers can be used to snuff out grease fires and oven fires. Electrical fires should be smothered with a fireproof blanket.

Removing the heat source by turning off the oven, burner, or fryer may also be necessary.

If a fire becomes too large, prioritize the safety of the family and evacuate the home. Emergency services can put the fire out and the kitchen can always be restored later.

Practice fire safety when cooking this Thanksgiving to keep your family and home safe.

4th of July Fire Safety

Fire SafetyThe Fourth of July can be a time filled with food, family, and fun. However, complications can arise when you add fireworks into the mix. Each year, Americans will spend over 10 million dollars on fireworks as a celebration of their independence. While it is a great tradition when done safely, there are several potential risks involved with shooting fireworks. Adhering to a few simple guidelines can reduce the risk of accidents putting a damper on your parade.

Risks Associated with Fireworks

Most states have their own guidelines to protect people during the Fourth of July. In drier states, it is illegal to buy or use fireworks due to the potential for wildfires. Other states may limit purchases to those above a certain age, 18 years old in some states and 21 in others. Many of the risks can be mitigated with a bit of planning and preparedness.

The most common risks associated with fireworks include:

  • Fire in areas with drier climates
  • Burn injuries
  • Cuts or punctures from being shot with fireworks
  • Misuse by underage or intoxicated persons
  • Falling debris

Fire Risks

The most serious risk involved in a Fourth of July celebration is the risk of a wildfire, especially in drier areas. Fireworks may rain down hot embers or non-extinguished fragments that could smolder and start fires that don’t fully develop until after the festivities have stopped. This can be a huge risk to homes and neighborhoods, especially in the evening after a day of celebrations. It is imperative to know the weather conditions of your area and to educate anyone handling fireworks with proper techniques and safety procedures.

Be Smart with Alcohol

The consumption of alcohol has long been associated with the Fourth of July. While many people enjoy it responsibly, alcohol can lower the judgment of those consuming it. This may lead to people being careless with fireworks, sometimes shooting them at people or objects. Other times, intoxicated people may behave in riskier ways than a sober person resulting in injury, fire, or possibly both. Whenever possible, fireworks should not be used by persons who have been consuming alcohol.

After an Accident

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Lightning Safety Tips

Lightning safetyThose who live in Central Florida know that is the lightning capital of the United States. With potential thunderstorms every day during the rainy season, it is no wonder that Floridians must take extra precautions to protect themselves, their families, and their property. Safety begins with education and by following these tips, you can sharply reduce the risk of harm to you and your loved ones during any and all of Florida’s infamous lightning storms.

Protecting Yourself and Your Family Outdoors

First and foremost, it is imperative to know how to react to lightning when outdoors or indoors. The most important thing to do during a severe lightning storm is to seek shelter indoors. If you cannot go indoors, it is imperative to stay away from bodies of water, trees, and elevated landmasses. It is critical to remain lower than surrounding objects but do not ever lie flat on the ground.

Educating Children

Educating your children on how to behave during lightning storms is a powerful factor in keeping them safe. It is important to teach them that, if they hear thunder, lightning is probably close and they should seek shelter inside. Remind them that they should never seek shelter under a lone tree and swimming pools should never be used during a storm. Make sure that they understand that they need to stay away from metal objects and avoid the use of electronics. If you have a family pet, make sure that the children know to bring it indoors during a storm.

Protecting Yourself and Your Family Indoors

If you can find shelter indoors, stay away from windows and do not use any electronic devices that are plugged into the walls. It is also better to avoid plumbing such as showers and baths. Both electronics and plumbing have the ability to conduct electricity during a storm and could result in explosions and injuries.

Concrete floors and walls also have the potential to conduct electricity and should be avoided. Make sure pets are away from windows, preferably an interior room that will allow them to remain calm. It is typically a good idea to unplug electronic devices or to purchase a surge protector to avoid damaging the electronics or causing injury.

In general, lightning safety tips consist of the following:

  • When thunder is heard, proceed immediately indoors
  • If no shelter is available, get low to the ground without lying flat, and separate
  • Avoid high, isolated objects such as  trees and towers
  • Avoid bodies of water such as swimming pools and lakes
  • When indoors, stay away from doors, windows, plumbing, and electronics
  • Educate all members of the family on lightning safety
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