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.

What You Can Expect after a Fire

4Having your home damaged due to fire is a traumatic experience. The toll this catastrophe will take on you can be measured in physical loss as well as emotional trauma. It’s surreal and very scary which makes it difficult knowing what to do next.

Physical Damage

When a fire tears through your home it leaves a path of damage and destruction you may never have thought possible. A fire’s temperature can exceed well over 1,200 degrees with this heat causing more damage than the flames themselves. Smoke weaves its way into every available space in your home as well, leaving stains and smells that are difficult to remove.

Coming Home

After the fire has been completely extinguished and you’re allowed to return home, it will be hard to not be heartbroken. Depending on the severity of the damage, you may not be allowed back into your home due structural integrity. To prevent further damage from the fire being put out, you will want to act fast.

Who To Contact

Call your insurance company first. They will talk you through emergency lodging and living expenses. If they aren’t able to provide timely assistance, organizations like the American Red Cross offers assistance with expedited services.

Clean-Up Services

When you contact FLA-CAT for a damage evaluation plan and demolition, we will remove all debris and material affected by the fire. Every area affected by smoke contamination is contained by a thermal fogging and seal coating detoxification process. Any odors will be completely removed from your home.

Emotional Recovery

The resulting trauma of a fire is not an easy thing you can shake off and you’re not expected to. You can work through your anxiety and stress with meditation and deep breathing exercises. Communicate your thoughts with your close friends and family. It’s important that you don’t isolate yourself during such tragedy by taking full-advantage of your support system.


Your property can be replaced and rebuilt. FLA-CAT provides the industry’s best reconstruction team. We’ll return your house back into to the place you called home before the fire. Any part of your home that was damaged can be brought back to its former glory. There is no need stress – we have you covered.

You’re Not Alone

Getting your home back to the way you remember it being is what FLA-CAT does better than anyone else. Don’t let the task at hand seem overwhelming or stressful. As traumatizing as a fire is, we have the resources to return your home to the way it used to be while keeping you stress-free.

If you’ve had a fire emergency or just have some general questions, give FLA-CAT a call. We’re here for you!

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 Summertime Campfire Safety Tips

Campfire Safety

As summer fast approaches, so too does camping season. Florida is a prime state for camping, with its beautiful landscapes and warm, inviting weather. Even for families, camping in the backyard can be just as fun as the real deal.

But unfortunately, camping in an form can be dangerous for those who aren’t well-versed on safety tips, especially when it’s time to light the campfire and chow down on some s’mores. Keep reading for some key camping safety tips to keep in mind while you enjoy the great outdoors this summer.

1. Build Fires in Safe Spots

It’s critical to make sure that you choose a safe spot to build your fire, whether it’s an open fire or one that uses fuel-burning appliances for cooking. Rule number one is to ensure that the fire is far enough from your tent to make sure you’re not at risk of spark ignition, heat, and flames. Under no circumstances should any heating devices or flames be used inside a tent. Additionally, make sure you’ve purchased a tent with flame-retardant fabric to avoid any unexpected emergencies.

2. Always Attend a Campfire

It may sound like campfire safety common sense, but it can be easy to get distracted and fail to keep a constant eye on the fire. While a safe spot should prevent a fire from spreading vertically or laterally, keeping an eye is always important as these issues can still arise unexpectedly.

3. Keep the Fire Safely Maintained

Going hand-in-hand with attending the fire, you should be sure that it’s properly maintained for a steady, enjoyable flow. Once the fire is going, add larger dry wood pieces to maintain a steady burn. Do not cut live trees or use branches from live trees to light your fire. Make sure that it always stays at a manageable size to avoid surprises.

4. Extinguish the Fire Safely

The best way to extinguish your fire is to let all the wood burn into ash. Douse the fire with plenty of water – including all embers, even those that aren’t glowing red. Continue pouring water until the fire stops making a hissing sound, which will indicate that the flame is completely gone. Use a shovel to stir the ashes and to scrape logs and sticks to ensure that embers are removed.

It’s critical that fires are not buried with dirt or other materials, as fires that are still lit may continue to smolder until they reach the surface, which can lead to a wildfire!

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