Every Thanksgiving brings a time of family togetherness and lots of great food.
Garner Fire-Rescue reminds residents to be careful when preparing the Thanksgiving meal this year. “We do see a rise of kitchen fires this time of year,” said Captain Bud Davenport. “There can be several causes for the upswing but a lot of these can be easily avoided by following some basic fire safety precautions.”
Smoke detector batteries should be checked each month and replaced once a year. Smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years. New detectors often come with 10 year batteries. Detectors should be placed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on each level of the home.
Fires can also be prevented by keeping ovens and stovetops clean and free of grease and dust. Never leave cooking unattended.
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“It’s easy to forget about something that’s cooking, especially when you’re entertaining guests,” Davenport said. “Use a kitchen timer to make sure your dish doesn’t become a fire hazard.”
Here’s a list of kitchen fire safety tips. Anyone with questions regarding fire safety should contact their nearest fire station.
▪ Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. For the best protection, smoke alarms should be interconnected, so that they all sound if one sounds
▪ Test the batteries in each smoke alarm every month, replace them once a year, and replace the unit every 10 years
▪ GFCIs are electrical safety devices that trip electrical circuits when they detect ground faults, or leakage currents, that could shock or electrocute someone. GFCI should be installed where electricity and water may come in contact such as the kitchen. GFCIs should also be tested every month
▪ Prevent fires by making sure your oven and stovetop are clean and free of grease and dust. You should also clean the exhaust hood and duct over the stove regularly. Lastly, vacuum the refrigerator coils every three months to prevent potentially dangerous dirt build up
▪ Never leave cooking unattended. You should not cook if you are sleepy or under the influence of alcohol. Children should also be closely supervised and kept at least three feet away from all cooking appliances
▪ It’s easy to forget about something that's cooking, especially when you’re entertaining guests. Use a kitchen timer to make sure your dish doesn’t become a fire hazard
▪ Enjoy! Being proactive about safety will give you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy your time with loved ones