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Prevent Thanksgiving Fires

Posted on in Catastrophic Injuries

CA injury lawyerAs fires continue to rage throughout California, our thoughts are with the victims and the thousands of people who have been forced to relocate as a result. As fire officials throughout the state work to get the blaze under control, there is another common fire hazard we want to warn you about. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, families in our area will spend the day gathering with loved ones, hosting elaborate feasts. The emphasis on cooking means an increase in kitchen fires, which can end up resulting in serious burn injuries. The following highlights how common this problem is and the steps you need to take to protect yourself and your guests.

Kitchen Fires a Hazard Over Thanksgiving

While people throughout our area hear frequent warnings about forest fires and the devastation they bring, there is another common threat this time of year which often goes unnoticed. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous days of the year for residential fires, impacting close to 2,000 families each year and resulting in $19 million in damages. The most common culprit in what can be a potentially life-threatening situation includes fires that begin in the kitchen.

Cooking a turkey and all the accompanying side dishes often takes up a large portion of the day. In addition to your stove and oven, there may be numerous other electrical or gas appliances operating at the same time. It is important to carefully oversee all of these preparations. Avoid having too many people in your kitchen and keep children in another room, out of harm’s way. Even a relatively minor accident involving flames, a hot pan, or kitchen grease can end up doing permanent damage.

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

When planning your Thanksgiving feast, give some thought to steps you can take to prevent kitchen fires and burn injuries. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends the following:

  • While cooking, never leave foods unattended;
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, within easy reach;
  • Keep floors clean, dry, and free of debris to prevent slips or falls when carrying hot foods and liquids;
  • Keep all handles turned inward on the stove to prevent tipping;
  • Make sure electric cords for crockpots and hot plates are in good condition and tucked out of the way;
  • Keep dish towels and other linens away from the stove;
  • Avoid wearing long sleeves or flowing outfits while cooking.

Turkey fryers are popular, but they are also a serious fire hazard. If you use one, do so outside and be sure to follow all instructions.

Contact Our San Jose Accident Lawyers Today for Help

In addition to leaving you with permanent scarring, burns can end up being life-threatening. At the Jachimowicz Law Group, we can advise you on how to get the compensation you need to recover when these types of injuries occur. To discuss your case with our skilled San Jose personal injury attorneys, reach out and contact our office by calling 408-246-5500 to request a free consultation today.

 

Sources:

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Thanksgiving-safety

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/snapshot_thanksgiving.html

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