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Safety Checklist for Holiday Entertaining

"Sorry, we're closed" signThat magical time of year has arrived when homes will be filled with family and friends. With so much to be thankful for, we want to ensure your home is ready for the entertaining season beyond HVAC and plumbing maintenance. Therefore, we compiled a list of some of the top safety precautions to consider before the Thanksgiving turkey arrives on the table.

Fire Safety

This season is often marked by temporary electrical decorations. Be sure to follow these safety precautions to help keep your family safe.

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly.
  • Ensure you have installed a smoke alarm inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, in the kitchen, and on each floor of the home, including the attic and basement.
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets.
  • Never run extension cords under rugs or carpets.
  • Keep decorations at least three feet from sources of heat.
  • Unplug all electrical decorations before leaving the home or going to sleep.

Cooking Safety

With holiday feasts being cooked in the kitchen and the recent influx of deep-fried turkeys happening outside, it’s important to use some additional safety precautions when cooking.

  • Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling, and never leave the house with the oven on.
  • Keep children at least three feet away from cooking appliances.
  • Be careful to keep pot holders, towels, and curtains away from heating elements.
  • Remain aware of your clothing and hair to be sure it doesn’t catch fire.
  • Maintain a safe distance from the home when deep frying a turkey, and follow the manufacturer instructions. Never use a deep fryer in a house, garage, or under a carport.

Heat Safety

Anytime you have a heating element in a home, you have an increased risk of fire. Therefore, it’s important to ensure you are taking the proper safety precautions when heating your home.

  • Have your heating system inspected at the beginning of the winter season.
  • Never leave a space heater running in an empty room or overnight.
  • Never leave a lit fireplace unattended.
  • Reduce the temperature of your hot water heater to 120 degrees to reduce the risk of scalding.

The team at Just Right Services wishes you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. For more trusted advice on your HVAC system or for emergencies during the holiday season, contact us at (949) 245-6320.