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Holiday Safety Tips

Take a few moments before hitting the road to secure your home. If you are staying home and cooking, here some tips to stay safe.

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.

 

See our website for more cooking safety tips.

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!

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