The American Red Cross offers Thanksgiving fire safety tips | Home & Garden
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the American Red Cross Alabama Region encourages families to prevent kitchen fires by taking some basic safety measures. In the U.S., Thanksgiving is the peak day for cooking fires, 90 percent of which are caused by unattended cooking.
“We all think of Thanksgiving as a time for family, good food and football, but it’s also prime time for cooking fires,” said Billy Baxter, American Red Cross Alabama Region Executive Officer. “Taking a few simple precautions can help everyone have a safe and happy holiday.”
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- Keep anything that can catch fire—potholders, wooden utensils, food wrappers or towels away from your stove top.
- Have a “kid- and pet-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove.
- Turn the handles of pots and pans on the stove inward to avoid accidents.
Follow safety tips year round
Install smoke alarms on every level of the house and inside bedrooms. Replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year. Test each alarm monthly by pushing the test button.
Create and practice a first escape plan. Ensure that household members know two ways to escape from every room.
If a fire occurs in your home, get out, stay out and call 9-1-1. Crawl low under smoke and stop, drop and roll if your clothes should catch fire.
Visit www.redcross.org/homefires for more information about fire safety and prevention. Also, check out this printable checklist - perfect to help you protect your family and your home from fire hazards.
Source: American Red Cross
Top Alexander City Stories
Most popular stories from nearby communities
- Lee County Association of REALTORS awards over $13,600 to two local charities
- Auburn Police reminding citizens to lock their doors following recent thefts
- Auburn man arrested for allegedly stabbing man in the neck
- Portion of Moores Mill Road to Close to Local Traffic June 17
- Downtown Streets to Close for SummerNight on June 14
- Alabama releases 2011-2012 graduation rates for Opelika City Schools
- Nature Made Vitamins Manufacturing Facility opens doors in Opelika
- Mando America announces new expansion in Opelika
- Driver of SUV injured after crashing into Opelika home
- Coroner: 7-year-old Opelika student's cause of death still unknown following autopsy
- National Tae Kwon Do champion from Tallassee
- Authorities kill "nuisance" gator on Rifle Range Road
- Alabama releases 2011-2012 graduation rates for Tallassee City Schools
- Alabama releases 2011-2012 graduation rates for Tallapoosa County schools
- 3 suspects in Tallassee child sex abuse case have first court hearing