It’s the start of the holiday season. This Thanksgiving more than 13 million Americans will travel to spend time with family and friends. Take a few moments before hitting the road to secure your home.
- Remove objects that might allow access to your home, like that ladder you used to clean out the gutters.
- Don’t post Thanksgiving travel plans on Facebook or Twitter.
- Make sure to have all mail, newspapers, and deliveries picked up by a neighbor, friend or relative.
- Never leave a key hidden outside. Burglars know all the best hiding places.
- Secure all windows, including those upstairs.
- Have a friend move your car occasionally if it’s in the driveway.
- Use timers to operate lights.
If you’re having the family over to your place, stay fire safe while cooking.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.
- If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly.
- Remain home while food is cooking, and use a timer as a reminder.
- Stay alert!
- Keep anything that can catch fire - potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels, or curtains - away from your stovetop.
- Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto burners or flames.
- Plug microwave ovens and other cooking appliances directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord for a cooking appliance, as it can overload the circuit and cause a fire.
If you are using a turkey fryer, watch this video to make sure you use it safely.
Happy Holidays from the Roseville Fire and Police Departments!