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Local Fire Damage Restoration Specialist Offers Elgin Families Tips on Cooking Up a Safe Holiday Season

Nov 08, 2018 11:03AM ● By Hannah Ott

Elgin, IL - Holiday party planning begins now for many families, and Kelly Meloy of SERVPRO Elgin/Northwest Kane County offers some important reminders to Elgin residents.

“The holiday season is a time when many families plan big and elaborate meals for large groups of people, but all that cooking creates an extraordinary risk of fire. For a safe and festive holiday season, it’s important to understand that risk and take steps to minimize it,” says Meloy. She shares these tips to help ensure the holidays glow with the warmth of the season and not with the glare of a devastating home fire.

Cooking Fire Statistics
Research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reveals that in 2017, on average, U.S. fire departments responded to a home fire every 88 seconds. Cooking equipment was the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries, causing 47% of home fires. These fires resulted in 20% of the home fire deaths and 45% of the injuries.

“Elgin families should keep these statistics in mind as the holidays approach. According to the NFPA, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve,” says Meloy. “Families should also be aware that frying poses the greatest risk of fire, in fact, the NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil. This video (below) graphically illustrates the danger these devices can pose.”

Meloy Shares Cooking Safety Tips from FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration
1. Keep an eye on what you fry: If you see any smoke or the oil starts to boil, turn the burner off.
2. Stand by your pan: If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off.
3. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so that no one can bump them or pull them over.
4. Wear short sleeves or pull sleeves up: 18% of cooking fire fatalities in 2016 were caused by ignited clothing
5. Keep a pot lid or cookie sheet nearby to cover a pan if it catches on fire.

“Taking common sense precautions like these and keeping kids and pets out of the kitchen during meal prep can help keep your holiday celebrations safe,” says Meloy. “The precautions you take could help prevent a devastating home fire, a tragic injury or even the loss of life. While SERVPRO disaster response professionals are fire damage restoration specialists, they know how important it is to keep the focus on fire prevention, because for some types of loss, there is no remediation.”

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Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Source: Kelly Meloy of SERVPRO 847-697-8500, Grassroots Newswire

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