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Thanksgiving Safety

A wooden board surrounded by pumpkins and squash with the following words in the middle: Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving Day is the peak day of the year for home cooking fires, with unattended cooking being the leading cause. Keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.


Winter Weather: Are You Prepared?

Don't let winter storms take you by surprise! Now that the middle of autumn is upon is, residents should take some time to review make preparations for winter weather. Winter storms can occur as early as mid-fall, so it's best to prepared early. We recommend updating your emergency kit to include items for the winter weather; such as seasonal clothes, blankets, and a shovel for your car. You never know when you could encounter car troubles or road closures during winter weather. 

Building an Emergency supply kit for your car.

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