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5 Thanksgiving Fire Prevention Tips

Published by Nia Pearson on November 20, 2022 in category: Blog, Fire Damage, Fire Damage Repair

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Thanksgiving Day cooking causes 50 % of all reported Arkansas home fires, involving cooking equipment.

As you prepare to share holiday cheer from the heart of your home, the kitchen, we understand there’s going to be a lot of activity, so we put together a quick top 5 list of thanksgiving fire prevention tips to keep you and your family safe this Thanksgiving.

Top 5 Thanksgiving Fire Prevention Tips

Take extra care when making Thanksgiving dinner. When engaging with your appliances, be sure everything is up to code and safe to use. If you need assistance, refer to the NFPA guidelines around open flames to prevent you and your family from becoming a statistic.

  1. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. This is so no one can bump them or pull them over.
  2. Keep an eye on what you fry! Most cooking fires start when frying food.
  3. Only use a turkey fryer outdoors. Make sure that it the fryer is on a sturdy surface, away from things that can burn.
  4. Watch what you’re cooking! If you see any smoke, or grease starts to boil, turn the burner off.
  5. Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.

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Now is also a good time to confirm your insurance policy includes fire hazard to help you recover your home and belongings if there is a blaze.

Losses Due To Fire

Fire peril is increasing sharply in both severity and proportion of catastrophe claims. Seventy-seven percent of homeowners’ compensation for fire losses between 2018 and 2021 was for claims exceeding $100,000.

What You Need To Know

  • A fire loss is an estimation of the total loss to the structure and contents in terms of replacement in like kind and quantity.
  • Fire loss includes contents damaged by fire, smoke, water and overhaul.
  • Fire loss does not include indirect loss, such as business interruption.

Key Arkansas Fire Insights + Statistics

According to the National Fire Protection Association:

  • 34 people were killed in Arkansas due to fires during 2019.
  • A fire occurs in a structure at the rate of one every 66 seconds, and, in particular, a home fire occurs every 85 seconds.
  • An estimated $11.4 billion in property damage occurred as a result of fires in 2018
  • It can take just 30 seconds for a small flame to turn into a major blaze (Department of Homeland Security).

If you need professional help dealing with a fire restore in Conway, Benton, Sherwood, and the Little Rock area our fire restoration team is available 24/7/365 and will arrive within 45 minutes, contact us.

Our team of IICRC Certified, Fire Restoration Technicians will conduct a free fire damage assessment in order to determine exactly what services need to be rendered, like soot, ash, and smoke removal.

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