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Safety Tips When Cooking for the Holidays

Safely Cooking for the Holidays

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and food! Before you start cooking up a storm this holiday season, you should keep a few safety tips in mind. Fires caused by careless cooking are one of the leading causes of home fires and home fire injuries each year, but don't let that scare you away from cooking this holiday season! You can avoid becoming a statistic with a bit of forethought and safety precautions. From fryer safety to the importance of smoke detectors, here are some things to remember as you cook your holiday feast.

Deep Frying a Turkey

There is no denying that a fried turkey is delicious, but it is also one of the leading causes of fires on Thanksgiving. This makes sense because hot oil and a cold turkey don't mix well. For this reason, it is crucial to allow your turkey enough time to thaw so you can avoid an oil-related explosion that turns into a raging fire. Additionally, an oil fire is trickier than usual because water does not take care of the inferno. Instead, the blaze will need to be smothered instead of drowned.

Here are some additional turkey frying tips:

  • Only use the fryer outdoors and never in a shed or garage.
  • Don’t overfill the fryer with too much oil.
  • Keep small children away from the fryer because the oil is hazardous.
  • Ensure you have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency.

Importance of Timers

Never leave food unattended while it's cooking. Whether the food is cooking in the oven or stovetop, something could quickly go wrong if you're not actively monitoring it. Implement the use of a timer to remind you to check on your food. Also, stay close by so you can keep an eye on things to prevent a severe cooking mishap.

Smoke Detectors

Lastly, one of the best ways to prevent cooking fires is to have working smoke detectors in your home. The National Fire Protection Association recommends having at least one smoke detector on every level of your home and in every sleeping area. While you're at it, test all your detectors to ensure they're working correctly. Now is also an excellent time to change the batteries as well!

Smoke Detector Installation

While buying and mounting your smoke detector is possible, it is best to leave it to the professionals. At HedgeHog Electric, our licensed electricians will be able to ensure the smoke detectors are installed and working correctly. Give us a call at (866) 605-2113 or contact us online today!