During the holiday season, your kitchen may become a high-traffic area with friends and family gathering for drinks and meals. While you are busy entertaining and serving food, it is essential to be mindful of potential mistakes that could be costly. Stay alert in the kitchen to avoid any mishaps.

Your kitchen may seem like a haven, but it is one of the most dangerous places in your home. The National Fire Protection Association notes kitchen fires are the most common cause of home fires in the United States. No matter how confident you feel in your cooking skills, it is crucial to always remain vigilant and cautious. Don't let your guard down - take the precautions needed to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. Here are some tips:

 

  • Consider the Right Attire

 

When dressing up for the holidays, beware of loose-fitting sleeves and hems that can catch fire if they come into contact with the stove. To be safe, roll up your sleeves while cooking and wear a cinched apron for added protection. Remember to use oven mitts to avoid burns, but keep them away from cooking flames. A misplaced mitt on a burner can quickly turn into a fire.

  •  Be Ready for a Fire

To be prepared for a kitchen fire, keep a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket on hand. The fire blanket is the easiest to use; simply suffocate the flames before turning off the heat source.

  •  Avoid Overloads

During the holidays, it's easy to overload outlets with small appliances like coffee makers, toasters, Instant Pots, and air fryers, especially in older homes. Unplug appliances when they're not in use to prevent sparks since they still pull electricity. Strategizing which appliances to use and when helps avoid overloading.

Lightspeed Restoration Can Save the Day

While we cannot prevent disasters in your kitchen this Easter, Lightspeed Restoration can help with rapid mitigation and cleaning solutions to get your holidays back on track. We are a one-stop shop for restoration, recovery, and repairs. We work directly with you and your insurance provider to rapidly get life back to normal. 

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Don't let your celebration go up in smoke; call the caring experts at Lightspeed Restoration 24/7 at (800) 620-4009.

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