GALLATIN, TN -(Marketwire - November 16, 2010) - As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and home cooks begin preparations for this annual family feast, Servpro Industries, Inc., a franchisor of water and fire damage restoration specialists, wants to remind families that cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. And, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), Thanksgiving Day is the peak day for home cooking fires.
Rick Isaacson, executive vice president of SERVPRO, says the best remedy for fire damage is to take steps to prevent a fire from starting. "By taking a few common-sense precautions, families can spend the Thanksgiving holiday savoring the aroma of roasting turkey and apple pie, and not dealing with the smoke and damage from a kitchen fire," said Isaacson.
SERVPRO offers these tips to keep the lid on cooking fires and accidents this holiday:
Watch What You Heat:
Keep Flammable Things and Heat Sources Apart:
"Make kitchen safety a priority every day, but especially during the holiday season when entertaining and family events mean more time spent cooking and preparing food," adds Isaacson. "It's tempting to take shortcuts when the pressure of the holidays mounts, but a fire will take a much greater toll not just in time but in possible injury, damage and repairs."
If a cooking fire does break out, the NFPA offers this advice:
For more information about SERVPRO, please visit www.servpro.com.
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO franchise system is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,500 individually owned and operated franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss situations. Providing coverage in 48 states, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners. All SERVPRO franchises are independently owned and operated.