Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. The Connecticut State Police Fire & Explosion Investigative Unit wants you to remember these safety tips to prevent fires during the holidays.
Keep your family and overnight guests safe with working smoke detectors in your home. Test smoke detectors monthly and replace batteries at least twice a year. Remind your guests of your fire escape plan and designated meeting place for your home.
Have a fire extinguisher available not more than 10 feet from the stove, on the exit side of the room.
When cooking, do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or dangling jewelry. The clothing can catch on fire and the jewelry can catch on pot handles, causing spills and burns. Try to cook on the back burners when possible and turn pot handles in so they don’t extend over the edge of the stove.
Never leave cooking unattended. If you must leave the kitchen while cooking, turn off the stove or have someone else watch what is being cooked. Keep small children out of the kitchen during cooking.
Keep decorations and kitchen clutter away from sources of direct heat.
Candles are often part of holiday decorations. Candles should never be left burning when you are away from home, or after going to bed. Candles should be located where children will not be tempted to play with them, and where guests will not accidentally brush against them. The candle holder and any surrounding decorations should be completely noncombustible.
Holiday Decorating Safety Tips:
- Use lights that have the label of an independent
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken
- Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do
- Keep decorations away from windows and doors.
Holiday Entertaining Safety Tips:
- Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
- Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
- Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to
- Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.
With fire-wise common sense, you can make sure tragedy does not come between you and the Thanksgiving festivities you have planned.
The National Fire Protection Association does not encourage the use of outdoor gas fired turkey fryers. If you do use one follow the manufactures recommended instructions. Also follow these recommended tips:
- Make sure the turkey is thawed and contains no water.
- Keep 10’ from any structure or combustible materials.
- Cover the gas hose with foil.
- Measure the oil so you do not over fill the container.