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Houma Fire Department Shares Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Thursday November 07, 2019 03:36 pm - 150 Views - Posted By Houma Fire Department
Houma Fire Department Shares Thanksgiving Safety Tips

With Thanksgiving season upon us, the Houma Fire Department would like to remind citizens of some safety tips to follow while preparing for the holiday. 

Cook with caution:

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don't use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time turn off the stove. 
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a time to remind you that you are cooking. 
  • Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains - away from your stovetop.

If you have a small grease cooking fire and decide to fight the fire:

  • On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. 
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

If you have any doubts about fighting a small fire:

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. 
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the home. 

Other Thanksgiving safety tips:

  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot, and kids should stay at least 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 a room with a lit candle. 
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button. 

Visit houmafire.com/safety/holidays to keep up with all safety tips offered by the Houma Fire Department.

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Contact

Hours of Operation

  • Monday thru Friday
  • 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Physical Address

  • Government Tower
  • 8026 Main Street, Suite 700
  • Houma, LA 70360

Mailing Address

  • P. O. Box 2768
  • Houma, LA 70361
 
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