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

If you or someone you know has suffered property damage as a result of a fire, Florida Catastrophe can help. They are experts in fire damage, flood damage, mold removal and more. Losing your home is painful enough. The restoration process doesn’t have to be. Call Florida Catastrophe for a consultation and let them begin the process of building your new life.

4 Home Maintenance Tips for Your Spring Cleaning

Spring Home MaintenanceSummer is on its way! For those of us who haven’t done our ritual spring cleaning, we’d like to provide you with some key considerations to keep in mind on the home maintenance side of things. By paying attention to these details, you’ll help to boost the longevity of your home, minimize the need for repairs, and lessen your chances of experience severe damage that requires restoration work.

1. Fill Low Areas with Compacted Soil

If you have low areas in your yard or next to the foundation of your home, it can be beneficial to fill them with compacted soil. By doing this, you can help to prevent yard flooding when those reliable Florida showers roll around, which helps to prevent damage to your home’s foundation. As an added bonus, this helps to prevent pools of water, which create the perfect breeding ground for nuisance bugs.

2. Check Exposed Wood for Damage

You can use a screw driver to check exposed wood areas around the exterior of your home, such as doors, windows, decks, and railings. When you find soft spots or see noticeable damage, make those repairs as soon as possible. This way, you can work to prevent further damage that can result from spring and summer rain.

3. Make Sure Concrete Is Sealed

Take the time to thoroughly inspect all concrete for any movement or cracks. If you find any cracks, fill them with silicone caulk or a special concrete crack filler to make sure the areas are firm and sound. Before sealing, power-wash the area to remove any dirt or debris. Additionally, make sure that concrete slabs around the home drain away from the foundation of the home, except for pool decks. This also helps to prevent flooding and water damage.

4. Keep Firewood Away from the Home

If you have a fire pit or otherwise have a need for storing firewood, keep your home free of fire hazards by removing any wood from the immediate perimeter of the home. For best practice, it should be kept at least 2 feet away from any building structures, and 18 inches above the ground. This way, if firewood catches fire unexpectedly, the flames will be separated from your home.

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