There’s so much to be grateful for this year, as there is every year. For us at Howard Blau Law, one of the biggest things is safety. Yes, not the sort of answer you’d expect while going around the table, but hear us out.
We’re grateful for safety because it got us here. It’s what carries our loved ones home at night, and assures us that our clients are doing well. It’s what keeps our readers warm (but not too warm, because that would start a fire.) It’s elegant in its simplicity, while still encompassing so many things.
Safety is the traffic cone warning you to change lanes. Safety is that warning label on your infant child’s crib. Safety is our rule of law — not always, but for the most part — and the regulations enacted to protect us from harm. Safety is the men and women working tirelessly on the frontlines of so many fires across our state. And safety is the advice those firefighters have to give this year.
House fires are far too common each Thanksgiving, and this year we are especially grateful for the Culver City Fire Department.
Here are some tips that the CCFD would like us to keep in mind:
- The leading cause of fire in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Stand by your pan when you are cooking on the stove top. If you leave the kitchen for even a short time, turn off the stove.
- Watch what you are cooking. Fires start when the heat is too high. If you see any smoke or the grease starts to boil, turn the burner off.
- Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Then no one can bump them or pull them over.
- Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby. Use it to cover the pan if it catches on fire.
- Stay in your home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently. Set a timer so you will not forget about the bird as you watch the parade or football.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns. Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
- Keep anything that can catch fire (e.g., oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packages, towels and curtains) away from your stovetop.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
- If you are frying your turkey, use a fryer with thermostat controls to ensure the oil does not become overheated. Thaw your turkey completely; ice on the bird will cause oil to splatter. Don’toverfill the pot with oil. Always use a turkey fryer outdoors.
It seems like every other week a new part of Southern California is burning. It’s okay if on Thanksgiving day it’s your mashed potatoes, but please don’t let it be your home.
From all of us at Howard Blau Law, may you have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! What are you grateful for?
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Check Out These References for Further Reading:
“Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips.” Culver City Fire Department. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
“Enjoy a Safe Holiday Season.” National Safety Council. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
“Food Safety Tips for Your Holiday Turkey.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved 26 November 2019.