Thanksgiving Cooking Safety

It’s the biggest meal of the year. The family is home, everyone is running around, every part of the kitchen is being used. A lot of things can go wrong, which is why it’s more important than ever to be safe in your kitchen. Following these tips will keep your kitchen safe and the food delicious.

Children:
Children’s laughter and play is one of the best things about having the family home for the holidays, but keeping them safe can be a three man job.

When using a stove keep children 3 feet away at all times. The steam or splash of liquids can burn them so distance is important.

Keep knives out of reach of children, and any other sharp objects such as scissors. A lot of different appliances can be used during the holiday, so make sure the cords are out of reach of children. Any lighters or matches should be locked away when not in use.

The safest thing would be to ask a friend or family member to watch the little ones while the cooking is going on. Keep them out of the kitchen and everyone will be safer.

Kitchen:
It’s important to have at least one person stay in the kitchen at all times. It’s especially important when you are using a stovetop to keep an eye on the food.

Keep the floors clean so that you or anyone else doesn’t trip something. Clean cooking surfaces on a regular bases to prevent grease buildup.

Make sure your smoke alarms are working by pushing the test button. Check that nothing flammable is placed near anything hot. Purchase a fire extinguisher to be used in case of emergency.

If you have to leave your home be sure to check that all kitchen appliances, stoves, and ovens are off.

Cook:
If you are the one cooking you should never wear loose clothes when cooking.

Always use a timer and check your food as your cooking.

Be diligent and watchful of other people in your home. There safety is just as important as the turkey.

If you follow these safety tips everyone will be safe and secure. Laughter and merriment will be in the air, the smell of delicious food will fill the house and everyone will be impressed by your cooking.

7 Steps To Turning Your Heater Back On

It’s getting cold out, the air is getting crisp, sweaters, gloves, and scarves are starting to make appearances. That means it’s time to turn on the heater! Before you do though, here are a few things you should check first.

Filter:
It’s important to check for any dirty filters you may have in your home. Air filters maintain the air quality of your home. So, if you don’t want any dust or pollen circulating through remember to check them and replace if needed before winter comes. A clean filter also means that the unit will work more efficiently. You’ll get more heat out and be more comfortable in your home. Changing your filter monthly once winter begins can even save you money.

Thermostat:
Having a programmable thermostat is a must for cold winters. Be sure to check your thermostat is working properly before winter starts. If you keep raising the temperature and nothing is happening, that could be a sign that your heating unit is not ready for the colder weather. It’s recommended that when you turn on your heater to set your thermostat between 65 and 68 to save energy.

Vents:
Check that your vents are open where you want them blowing air, and closed where you don’t. A common error people make is to forget to check their vents before calling out a technician. So check and double check that the vents are open before someone checks the whole system.

Door and Windows:
Check all of your doors and windows for leaks. Leaks can bring cold air in from outside, making your heating unit work twice as hard. This uses more energy making you spend more money.

Around the Unit:
Be extra sure to check the area around your actual heating unit. Check to make sure nothing flammable has been stored near it over the summer. Common culprits are lawnmowers and gas cans,

That Smell:
When you turn on the heater for the first time, you may smell something strange. Over the months it’s not in use dust settles on the heating components. It’s then burned off when the unit heats up. Don’t be concerned, open a window to dispel the odor. If the smell persists that could be a sign it’s time to change your filters, but you already checked that, right?

These simple steps will get your heating unit winter ready and make it so you don’t need to call someone out to check your whole system, but if you’re still worried a technician can assist you in double checking the unit. (Just be sure to check the vents first)

If everything checks out then your system is ready for use and you’re ready for the winter months. Invite friends over to your now cozy home and have a happy holiday season.