Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude, and having a home in which to seek shelter and comfort is surely on the top of many people’s list of things for which to be thankful. That’s also why it’s important to ensure that your home and the family members who live in it stay safe during Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season.
Many homes are host to large family gatherings for the Thanksgiving meal. All of the cooking that happens that day makes it the No. 1 day for home-cooking fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. If you don’t already have a smoke alarm near the kitchen, install one now. If you do, it’s a good idea to check the batteries to make sure it’s functioning correctly.
Additionally, every kitchen should be equipped with a fire extinguisher, and windows should be opened regularly to ensure carbon monoxide does not build up from the use of natural gas or propane stoves. When cooking, make sure anything that can catch fire is moved away from the stove. The same goes for candles, which should never burn unattended.