Fire & Smoke DamageRoasted turkey set on a dinner table

Happy Thanksgiving from ServiceMaster Advantage!

This holiday is about good food, family and giving thanks for the blessings in our lives. The safety of our homes and loved ones is one of these blessings. While the good times may be rolling in this time of year, it’s essential to keep in mind these safety tips when the house is full and the kitchen is cooking:

  • Stay Focused

    • Never leave food cooking on the stove, in the oven, or elsewhere unattended. If you must leave for any reason, turn off and remove what’s cooking from the heat source momentarily.
    • Even though it may take several hours, never leave the house while the turkey is cooking, and remember to check on it often.
    • Remember common kitchen blunders: no metal in the microwave, always thaw all meats thoroughly before cooking and always keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires.
  • Stay Simple

    • Use a timer when cooking so you don’t have to mentally keep track of everything at once.
    • Keep children and pets out of the kitchen during peak cooking times. Having too many bodies in the kitchen can be distracting or cause unexpected blunders.
    • Keep floors and counters clear to avoid slips and bumps that could result in injury or an accidental fire.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving Day in 2013 was the leading date for cooking fires in the home at 1,550 reported fires, three times the average on any given day. Stay safe this holiday season, and if a disaster does occur, don’t hesitate to call ServiceMaster Advantage of Houston to help clean up the fire damage aftermath.



Photo by Diane Rosete