Did you know that the number of home cooking fires is at its peak during Christmas Day and Christmas Eve? Overall, fire accidents are higher than average during the holiday season because of faulty decorations, candles, cooking, and other traditions associated with the festivity. But by following the safety tips and tricks explained below, you and your family won’t be part of the statistics.
Cooking safety tips
Every year, cooking causes about 173,000 home fires in the US. To reiterate, cooking-related fires spike on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. Thus, you need to follow these safety tips to avoid property damage and injury during the festive season.
- While cooking, never leave the stove or fryer unattended. If you really need to go out of the kitchen (for instance, someone rings your doorbell), bring along with you a ladle or cooking spoon that will serve as your reminder that you are cooking.
- Fry with care. More than half of kitchen-related fires are caused by oil and grease, so make sure that your deep fryer is well-maintained, the surrounding area is clean, the fryer is filled properly filled (not overflowing), and you have a fire extinguisher nearby.
- Childproof your kitchen. Put stools and chairs away from the stove; keep knives and other sharp objects out of reach, and keep people out of the kitchen unless they’re helping with the cooking.
- Invest in a meat thermometer. It’s a bit tricky to cook a large animal like a whole turkey because you need to cook it thoroughly to make it safe to eat. That being said, you need to have a thermometer to avoid undercooked food.
Christmas decorations safety tips
- Check your wiring. Fix or throw away lights and other Christmas decorations with frayed wires and other visible wear and tear. Remember, electrical problem is one of the leading causes of Christmas tree fires.
- Keep trees away from heat sources. Keep them at least 3 feet away from any heat source like wood stove, fireplace, and portable heater.
- Get rid of your Christmas tree. Since dry trees are flammable, throw them away by mid-January. Statistics show that 26% of Christmas tree fires occur between February and November since many people let these linger in their property months after the holiday season.
General home safety tips
All mobile homes should have a smoke alarm, which is an affordable tool that could mean the difference between life and death. During a fire, smoke and toxic gases spread faster than heat; that’s why most fire victims die from smoke inhalation and not from the heat itself.
Read on our tips below to keep your mobile home safe this coming holiday season.
- Choose the “right” lights. Never use indoor lights outside and always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to avoid injury and accident.
- Buy flame-resistant decorations. Choose products with a label that says “fire-retardant” or “fire-resistant.”
- Use clips to secure Christmas lights. This technique prevents damage to the cords, which may cause spark fires.
- Avoid fireworks. Most city ordinances prohibit the use of fireworks in residential areas because of the risk of fire and injury. But in case you really want to use them, follow these safety tips: Don’t touch fireworks that didn’t ignite; use them in an open area and away from homes; and don’t let pets roam around during New Year’s Eve and Christmas.
The holidays are a special time of the year when you spend more time with family and friends, so make sure to follow our safety tips to avoid fire- and cooking-related accidents.
Happy holidays from everyone at Storz Management Company! If you’re looking for a charming, family-friendly manufactured home community or RV neighborhood, call us at 916.989.5333 or visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you.