Can you believe it’s already November? With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I can already smell the turkey and dressing and all the trimmings. In most American households, Thanksgiving is all about the food. Families gather in the kitchen while they prepare all those wonderful traditional dishes. Did you know that there are three times as many house fires on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year, and most of them start, you guessed it, in the kitchen? As a property owner and landlord, fire is one of the scariest words we know. So as the holidays approach you may want send a quick email or phone call to your tenants to remind them of these ten fire safety tips as provided by National Fire Prevention Association.
1. Don’t leave the kitchen while frying and grilling.
2. Use a timer and do kitchen checks when simmering, baking, broiling and roasting.
3. If deep frying a turkey, keep the fryer outside, away from walls, fences and other structures. Also, keep the fryer away from moisture to avoid burns from steam and spattering oil.
4. Keep pot holders and food wrappers 3 feet away from the stove or other hot surfaces. Kids should stay 3 feet away, too.
5. Make sure the handles of pots and pans are facing inward.
6. Make sure all stoves, ovens, and ranges have been turned off when you leave the kitchen
7. Avoid loose clothes, especially those with long sleeves, while cooking.
8. Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
9. Make sure all candles and smoking materials are put out after the guests leave.
10. Have all smoke detector batteries replaced if not done already this season.
Also, although the holidays are family time, it’s a good idea to keep children clear of the kitchen during the heaviest cooking. Be sure to plan activities such as games, puzzles, or books that can keep them busy. Kids can get involved in Thanksgiving preparations with recipes that can prepared ahead of time when the kitchen isn’t so hectic.
We here at Martin Presence want you to know that during this time, we count you among our blessings, and we want to wish all of our friends a very Happy Thanksgiving. If we can help you in any way with your property management needs during this busy time of the year, just give us a call. It’s our job to make your job easier.