Fire Safety Articles
Did you know Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires?Frying food is the greatest risk of cooking fires.Two-thirds (67 percent) of home cooking fires start when food or cooking materials catch on fire.More than half (55 percent) of home cooking fire injuries happen when people try to fight the fire themselves.Five dangers of deep frying a turkey:1. Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.2. An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.3. Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.4. Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.5. The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are working together to remind everyone that home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season. This is due in part to an increase in cooking and heating fires. Holiday decorations and winter storms that can interrupt electrical service and cause people to turn to alternative heating sources also contribute to the increased risk of fire in winter.
Winter fires can be prevented! The following link will provide you some fire safety tips that can help you maintain a fire-safe home this winter season.