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Be Ready for Anything this Thanksgiving

Any big meal, celebration, or event comes with the risk of being stalled by emergencies. Thanksgiving is no exception. While friends and family are relaxing in the living room, you can almost certainly expect to be busily extinguishing fires. From small “I forgot to bring the green bean casserole” to “the oven is out of gas,” something will probably require a rapid response. Don’t worry though, the most disastrous problems are easily preventable.

Major Problems:

  • Heating Goes Out
  • Oven Issues
  • Sink Clog

Heating Failure

If you suddenly find yourself without a warm home, a heated party can cool off to a premature end. The best way to prevent this is proper maintenance for your furnace. Check the filter to make sure it’s clear, look at the insulation around your condenser lines, and do a test run of your heater if you know it’s going to be cold soon. This way you can identify any problems in advance of the actual party.

As an added tip, you can save a little bit on energy by dropping the thermostat down a few degrees while you’re cooking. The heat from the oven will make up for the heating difference. Just don’t forget to set it back when you’re done cooking.

Oven Problems

There are days when an oven won’t heat. For gas ovens, if the pilot light won’t ignite, that’s not exactly something you can foresee but there are other problems you can prevent in advance. Wait until after the holidays to use the self-clean feature on your oven. The intense heat has a chance of damaging fuses or thermostats. Simple replacements and an unlikely event, but it can happen. You should also take the time to check your fuel level for the oven if it isn’t an electric stove.

Sink Clogs

Before, during, and after Thanksgiving, it doesn’t really matter when, you don’t want your sink to clog up. Nobody wants this to happen, yet year after year people stop up their drains during Thanksgiving. The day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days for plumbers, and it’s all due to Thanksgiving feasts. This is easily preventable.

  • Don’t pour fats, oil, or grease down the drain
  • Don’t let stringy or starchy materials like turkey skin to fall into the disposal
  • Run water through the disposal as it’s working and continue to run for a bit after it clears
  • Start the disposal before washing down tiny scraps.

Thanksgiving Safety by the NFPA

As a leading source for fire and electrical safety, we usually turn to the National Fire Protection Association for advice. The worst kind of disaster you can face on Thanksgiving is a fire or some form of serious injury. Stay safe with this advice from the NFPA (Safety Information borrowed from

Thanksgiving by the Numbers
  • In 2013, Thanksgiving Day (November 28) was the leading date for home cooking fires with 1,550, 230% above the average number of fires per day.
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires and associated civilian injuries and was the third leading cause of home fire deaths.

Safety tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

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