Experts List the Top Thanksgiving Safety Precautions Homeowners Should Take

Austin, TX  (Profitable.com)  HomeSecurityGuru.com, recently collaborated with security experts and organizations to create a comprehensive list of the top Thanksgiving safety tips to follow this holiday season. Fire safety precautions were high on the list due to the growing popularity of turkey fryers which cause an estimated $15 million in property damage each year according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Also of prime importance this year is taking precautions online to protect your home off-line, which are new safety measures people should take now that social media has become more commonplace and a popular way to communicate with groups of people.

Tech Related Tips

  •     Do not share that you’re going to be out of town and away from home on an email autoresponder
  •     Do not share your holiday travel plans on Facebook, blogs and other social sites
  •     Don’t put vacation updates on social sites
  •     Don’t include away from home messages on your cell phone or home answering machines
  •     Consider investing in a home security camera that syncs with the internet so you can keep an eye on children that are off from school for the holidays or monitor your home while away

“In the digital age, home safety is about more than just locking the doors and turning off the oven,” says Matt Ivester author of lol.OMG!: What Every Student Needs to Know About Online Reputation Management, Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying. ” It’s also, for example, being careful what you share online and with whom about where you are going and how long you will be gone.”

Home Security & Safety Tips

Protection 1, the nation’s second largest electronic security company, suggests following holiday safety tips.

  •     Remove objects that may allow access into your home, such as ladders.
  •     Turn the volume down or off on your home phone ringer so anyone outside can’t hear it ringing.
  •     Have a friend or neighbor pick up any mail or deliveries that are sent to your house.
  •     Don’t leave keys outside, even if they are hidden.
  •     Cut tree limbs back from second story windows.
  •     Use lights that are on a timer and set them to turn on at nightfall.

One thing that home owners may not think about during the festive holiday season is how decorations can impede safety. Home security consultant Neil Huotari advices, “if putting up holiday lights, keep in mind to not cover your address number of your house so emergency personnel can correctly identify your home if needed.”

Cooking Safety Tips

  •     Opt for the new type of “oil-less” turkey fryer instead of the traditional fryer
  •     Clean your ovens and cook top range vents to clear them of all grease
  •     If an oven or microwave fire occurs keep the door closed. Turn the power off and wait for the fire to die.
  •     Never leave cooking unattended, it’s the #1 contributor to cooking fires according to the NFPA
  •     Never throw water or flour on a grease fire
  •     Never put frozen food in boiling oil, which can cause an explosion of grease

Authorities estimate that every year one out of eight households has a cooking fire. However, the NFPA reports that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Many of which are caused by cooking equipment, especially turkey fryers.

Fire Safety

  •     Buy a fire extinguisher and learn how to properly operate it
  •     Change smoke detector batteries
  •     Test smoke alarms to ensure they are operable
  •     Make sure fire alarms are located on all levels of a house and outside of bedrooms
  •     Limit the number of appliances used simultaneously
  •     Never use frayed electric cords or run them through a doorway

Alexis A. Moore, a consumer safety expert and former firefighter, shares this advice, “invest in a fire extinguisher that is ABC rated you can purchase one at any big box store or hardware store. Learn how to use it and practice. Check with your local fire departments many are more than willing to help consumers and assist them with learning how to operate an extinguisher safely.”

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