Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which means that many people are likely working hard in their homes to prepare for one of the most festive holidays of the calendar year. Between setting up holiday decor in the living room, cooking like madmen in the kitchen, and putting the finishing touches on the dining room table, there’s a lot to do. But it’s incredibly important during this time of the year to take extra precautions to avoid any sort of fire hazard. Our Houston fire protection company has put together a list of steps you can take both in your home or in the work kitchen if you’re planning a corporate event.
Don’t overload electrical circuits
If you’re like many Americans, you want to go all out when it comes to the big holidays, Thanksgiving being one of them! So it’s likely you’ll be using quite a bit of electricity over the next few days. Whether you’ve decorated the exterior of your home with inflatable turkeys and lights, or you simply have a million things going in the kitchen, it’s important to be smart about your outlets. Don’t overload any one circuit or outlet at any time. Try to avoid using too many electrical devices in the kitchen at once. You can also try saving your electronic decorations for a set time during the day and limit their usage to a set chunk of time. This sentiment is also true for corporate offices who have gotten into the holiday spirit and decorated their space. Make sure you don’t overload power strips and unplug all decorations at the end of the day. It’s also a good idea to make sure you have working Houston fire alarms in case of an emergency.
Stay in the kitchen
We know that preparation for Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most hectic activities around. And while it may be tempting to run around getting a million things done while a dish is on the stove or in the oven, it’s best to stay put. Being able to keep an active eye on anything you are cooking is one of the fastest ways to stop a fire. You have the ability to notice if anything gets too hot, starts to smoke, or is beginning to burn. The last thing you would want to do is step out to handle another task, only to come back and realize you have a serious problem on your hands.
Limit the use of fire over the holidays
Is there anything cozier than a delicious meal with friends and family lit by candlelight? Or perhaps sipping on a glass of wine, chatting with people you haven’t seen all year by a roaring fireplace? While both of the aforementioned scenarios sound lovely, it would be wise to limit any use of fire over the holidays. With that many people around, the potential for knocking over a candlestick or tripping by a fireplace skyrockets. To avoid any issues, use battery-operated candles for the same effect.
If you’re planning on a big corporate holiday event and want to prepare in case of a fire emergency, get in touch with us today. We can equip you with Houston fire sprinklers, fire suppression, and much more.