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How to Avoid a Thanksgiving House Fire in Livingston, NJ

November 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Keep an eye on those turkeys or you’ll be calling ServiceMaster Metropolitan for fire restoration.

The time is upon us for Thanksgiving preparations. Households across New Jersey and New York have already begun preparations for the feast, including stocking up on potatoes, pumpkin pie, ham, and, most importantly, turkey! This year, you may be trying something new, like deep frying your turkey instead of baking it. ServiceMaster Metropolitan urges you to use extra caution in all of your baking and frying this Thanksgiving. A mishap could have you calling us for fire restoration in Livingston, NJ instead of calling out the football ref for that bogus ruling.

Each Thanksgiving, over 4,000 house fires related to cooking are reported, and many of them are caused by improper deep frying. Most of the fire damage that occurs could have been prevented, if the correct guidelines had been followed.

The first tip is to make sure you use the correct amount of oil. There’s a simple way to do this. Place your turkey in the empty fryer and fill the fryer with water until the turkey is covered by about a half inch of water. Remove the turkey and mark the level of water in the fryer. Dry both the turkey and the pot. Voila! You’ve avoided the first cause of deep fried turkey fires: overflowing cooking oil. Most causes of fire restoration occur before the turkey is even placed in the pot, so be extra attentive while heating the oil.

Secondly, be sure that your turkey is completely thawed before you place it in the oil. A frozen turkey takes at least 24 hours for every 4 pounds. Be sure it is dry as well. Water mixing with oil can cause splatters, and potentially catch fire to your surroundings.

This leads us to the final tip: ALWAYS deep fry a turkey outside. Your garage may seem like a safe enough place, but it will only take one fireball to set your house ablaze. Don’t fry on your porch, under an eave or carport, or any other structure connected to your home.

When deep frying a turkey, paying attention is your biggest defense against preventing a house fire and fire damage. Unfortunately, with family, children, and pets running around, attention can be in short supply. Though house fires caused by deep fried turkeys are decreasing, they are still prevalent among insurance claims on Thanksgiving.

If you should find yourself in need of fire restoration services in Livingston, NJ after a deep fried fiasco, contact ServiceMaster Metropolitan after you have contacted emergency services. Our emergency hotline will connect you with a live person 24/7/365, even on holidays. In addition to fire damage restoration, smoke removal, and content restoration, we also provide water damage restoration so that your home is thoroughly restored after a disaster. We serve the entire metropolitan area, including fire restoration in Livingston, Mahwah, Jersey City, Hamburg, and Hackettstown, NJ. Call us today to restore your home and your peace of mind.

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