Thanksgiving and Holiday Decorating Safety

A safe holiday is a happy holiday, so as you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing your family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips, you can keep yourself and your family safer from fire (source: National Fire Protection Association):
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop, so you can keep an eye on the food.

  • Never leave the home while the turkey or other dishes are cooking, and check on it frequently. Set a timer to remind you.

  • Keep children away from the stove and cooktop, as both will be hot and have hot pots and pans nearby. Set a three-foot kid-free safety zone around all cooking appliances.

  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.

  • Don't leave electrical cords from mixers, electric knives, etc. dangling where a child or pet can reach them.

  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children - in a high, locked cabinet.

  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle. In fact, consider using battery operated candles for your holiday decorations.

  • Keep the floor clear so you don't trip.

  • Test your smoke alarms.

  • Use holiday lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory (this will be on the tag and packaging). Make sure you use lights for the right purpose, some are only for indoor or outdoor use.

  • Inspect all light strings for worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer instructions for the number of light strands that can be safely connected.

  • Never decorate your Christmas tree with lit candles.

  • Always turn off the Christmas lights before leaving your home or going to bed.

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning would like to add:
  • If you use the space where your furnace is located as a storage area, make sure all items are kept at least 36" from your furnace. Also, keep that area clear of debris.

  • Do not store combustible and/or flammable items near your furnace.

  • Schedule routine maintenance to make sure your heating system is running safely and efficiently.

  • Replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors and test them for proper operation.

  • If you notice an unusual smell or sound coming from your heating system, call Helms Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule service.

  • In the South, we like to deep-fry our turkeys! Please follow all instructions that came with your fryer, use your fryer on a level surface outside a safe distance from buildings, never leave it unattended, and monitor the oil temperature to avoid overheating.

Helms Heating & Air wishes you a safe, comfortable, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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