Thanksgiving is the most fire-prone day of the year and the peak day for home cooking fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. There are more home fires on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year, with more than three times the daily average. Why? Because cooking is the number one cause of all house fires in the United States and many of us will be doing a lot of cooking this week.
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
- Keep children away from the stove.
- Have a portable fire extinguisher in the kitchen at all times. Prepared Hero Fire Spray is one readily available brand and it makes a great gift for loved ones.
Speaking of the holidays, winter (specifically December and January) is a peak period for house fires in general.
One of the best things you can do to keep your family safe at night is to keep bedroom doors closed.
Nothing could prove this point more dramatically than a video which aired on the NBC Today show years ago. The video shows the difference between two bedrooms in the same house that is set on fire by burning a sofa in the living room. One bedroom door is left open. The other bedroom door is closed.
Within minutes, the bedroom with the open door is full of smoke and is not survivable. The bedroom with the door closed, provides many more minutes for escape – and remains remarkably free from smoke.
The video is life-changing and lifesaving. Watch it here.
Here are additional bedroom fire safety tips from the Sleep Products Safety Council:
- Don’t smoke in bed. This is a common cause of fatal bedroom fires.
- Keep matches and lighters away from children. Playing with fire can be deadly.
- Using candles in a bedroom can be dangerous. Even a small candle can ignite a deadly fire.
- Keep space heaters far away from beds and other flammable items. Follow all the space heater manufacturer’s instructions and warnings.
- Don’t run the electrical cords under your bed or trap them against a wall. Heat from cords can build up and cause fire. Avoid placing lamps where they can fall on the bed.
Most important, be sure you have at least one smoke alarm on each level of your home and perhaps more near bedrooms. Have a fire escape plan. Consider keeping emergency ladders in each bedroom near the window—and a method for breaking the window. In case of fire, exit your home first, then call 911.