Thanksgiving is one of the most important holidays in the USA. However, it’s not all pumpkins and cranberries. Thanksgiving is also the day with the most fires in domestic kitchens according to the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 2020 Home Cooking Fires report.
Second place was Christmas, with less than half of the occurrences, followed by none other than the day before Thanksgiving. In other words, two days on the list were related to the same holiday. The guests, the NFL games on TV and the variety of dishes, coupled with the inherent tiredness at the end of the year, are perfect distractions that can lead to a scary situation.
It can happen to anyone. Therefore, we need to be prepared, informed and ready to work around any situation.
Your Homeowners Insurance, as simple as it is, covers damage caused by fire in your home. Residential coverage also extends to your garage, sheds, and any other outbuildings on your property, so if you set fire to another area outside the kitchen, it’s covered.
But for each specific injury, you may need specific coverage. Your liability coverage will help pay medical bills if the fire injures a guest. If your home becomes uninhabitable, loss of use coverage comes to your rescue to help with hotel and restaurant bills while you wait for repairs. Your personal property coverage may pay to replace clothes, appliances, cookware or whatever else you lose to the flames.
But remember, not all of these coverages are part of the standard policy. You’ll have to review your policy to make sure you’re protected in every way you want.
Also, it is important to clarify that your home insurance will not pay for damages caused by a fire intentionally started by you or a member of your family, but it may cover you if you are the victim of an arson fire.
In recent years, the traditional turkey recipe has come out of the oven to appear in our own or in improvised fryers. This dangerous modality has been responsible for the highest mortality rate for every 1,000 fires in home kitchens, according to the NFPA. It is also responsible for the second-highest average of fire losses in home kitchens and the fourth-highest rate of injuries from home kitchen fires.
Frying fires cause five deaths, 60 injuries, destroy 900 homes and cause more than $15 million in property damage every year.
While experts strongly recommend that you don’t deep fry your turkey, we know that certain cooks are hard-headed and you may end up with a deep fried turkey at your family gathering (or your own!).
Before doing this, which is dangerous enough, make sure you take all the necessary precautions beforehand and are ready for any future occurrences.
But for those of you who really enjoy a deep fried turkey- NFPA recommends buying from places like supermarkets and restaurants that have more experience and the right measures in place so that you can have your turkey and eat it too without a house visit from firefighters.
In addition to keeping the fryer in storage, there are other details to be aware of to avoid domestic disasters during Thanksgiving.
Here are some tips for avoiding kitchen problems on Thanksgiving or any other food-intensive party:
Another suggestion is to think of activities that keep children out of the kitchen during this work period. Select someone or take turns for adults to come up with games, movie sessions, books, or art activities to keep them busy. If you want the children involved, ask them to decorate the table or prepare recipes that can be made outside the kitchen.
This will be our first Thanksgiving after the lockdown and despite the reduction in cases and advanced vaccinations, the pandemic is not over yet. Therefore, it is important to take into account the guidelines of the CDC:
Thanksgiving is a time of good food, good company, and good fun. After the anxieties of 2020, we will finally have the presence of our friends and can continue this way in the next festivities to come. Remember that the precautions with the pandemic are still necessary, as is fire safety.
Do your research, be prepared, make sure you have adequate homeowners insurance, and stay safe.
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