Safety should be the key ingredient in your Thanksgiving festivities this year. Keep your family safe with this simple recipe for electrical safety. Here are 5 ways to avoid an electrical emergency this holiday.
1. Test Your Smoke Alarms
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the majority of home house fires occur on Thanksgiving more than any other tine of year. Be prepared by making sure your smoke alarms are in good, working order before the big dinner. If they aren’t working, change the batteries out. You should plan to test your smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries at least every year. In the event of a fire, make sure you have an emergency plan already set in place with your family so you know what to do in case you need to evacuate.
2. Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors are just as important as your smoke alarms. Carbon monoxide is known as the “silent killer” because it’s a completely odorless, invisible gas that has the ability to be very harmful and even deadly. Many different things can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, such as a faulty water heater, furnace, boiler, fireplace, or anything that burns gas. Making sure your carbon monoxide detectors work can save a life this Thanksgiving.
3. Don’t Leave The Stove Unattended
You will be juggling a lot of different plates on Thanksgiving – literally. However, it’s important to remember to never leave your stove unattended. If a pet or a kid touches boiling hot food, pulls on an electric cord, or accidentally knocks a flammable object onto your stove, it can cause a fire or serious injury. Keep children at least three feet from your stove at all times, and make sure no electrical cords are hanging off the counter where pets and kids can easily grab at them.
4. Plug All Countertop Appliances Into GFCI Outlets
GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interrupter. These outlets should be installed wherever electricity and water could come into contact, such as in your kitchen. They’re designed to protect you from electric shock. If the GFCI outlet senses any imbalances in electric current, it will automatically shut off and cut off power to that outlet. To be safe this Thanksgiving, make sure all countertop appliances are plugged into GFCI outlets. It can protect you and your family from electric shock and electrocution.
5. Use Flameless Candles
Candles do make a beautiful addition to your Thanksgiving table display. However, if you have people reaching across the table to grab food, they can easily be knocked over by hands and elbows. To avoid a fire hazard, consider using flameless candles for your table display instead.
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