Hazards of the Holidays

Hazards of the Holidays

Reynolds Restoration President, Anthony Worrall, was featured on the Central Penn Business Journal Insights blog. This weeks post, “Hazards of the Holidays” went live on November 23, 2015.

INSIGHT BLOG POST #4:

Fun fact: More than 30% of annual turkey consumption takes place over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons.

Not so fun fact: According to FEMA, the average number of reported residential building fires on Thanksgiving Day was more than 2.1 times the average number of fires in residential buildings on all days other than Thanksgiving.

Fun fact: Pennsylvania ranks in the top six of Christmas tree producing states in a country that produces between 34-36 million trees each year.

Not so fun fact: The American Red Cross reports nearly 47,000 fires occur over the winter holiday season claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries and costing $554 million in property damage.

Cooking equipment is the leading cause of all residential fires. The number of kitchen and cooking related fires peak annually on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. As the 2015-2016 Holiday season is rapidly approaching, on behalf of Reynolds Restoration I would like to remind the readers of the Central Penn Business Journal about Fire Safety in the wake of some of these unfortunate statistics. Here are some common (holiday) fire safety tips:

  • Multi-tasking is dangerous—a vast majority of holiday fires result from unattended stovetops. According to Liberty Mutual 42% of consumers reported that they left the kitchen to talk on the cell phone or text. Nearly half of all consumers reported that they left the kitchen unattended while watching holiday television programming.
  • Never use too much oil—most turkey deep frying accidents occur when too much oil is used and it subsequently spills over and out of the fryer and then catches fire.
  • Smoke Detectors save lives—there should be a smoke alarm installed in or near your kitchen and at least one for every level of your home. Before you invite friends and family over for this year’s Holiday Bash make sure you press the test button to insure that the instrument is working correctly.
  • Utilize the three foot rule—place all Christmas trees, decorations, and other festive items at least three feet away from your home heating sources.
  • Unplug!—do not forget to unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving your house or going to bed.

Always remember that in the event of a major residential fire, the general rule of thumb is ‘just get out’. You and your family or friends should evacuate the home, close the front door to help contain the fire, and call 911. If it is a small and containable cooking fire, smother it with a lid and turn off the heating source. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

 

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