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Keep fire safety top of mind while in the kitchen

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The following incidents have been  documented by  the Fairfield Glade Police Department for the period Oct. 28-Nov. 3:

10/29 Howard Terrace: Theft. A resident reported a handgun was stolen from their vehicle.

10/29 St. George Drive: Burglary (shed). A resident reported their shed broken into but nothing could be identified as missing.

10/29 Samaritan Way: Information. A resident at Good Samaritans struck a garage door with their vehicle.

10/30 Maintenance Boulevard: Vehicle crash. A subject had a change in mental status and rolled their vehicle into the tree line.

10/31 Howard Terrace: Vandalism. A resident reported damage to their car door handle but nothing missing from the vehicle.

10/31 Norcross Road: Vandalism. A mailbox was damaged by a delivery vehicle and the driver.

10/31 Leinster Court: Burglary. A contractor reported a fireplace insert was stolen from a new construction site.

10/31 Lakewood Drive: Vehicle crash (non-injury). A minor vehicle crash was investigated.

11/01 Lindsey Knoll CircleL Contractor fraud. A resident paid a deposit for window installation at their residence but the individual has failed to start the work.

11/02 Dartmoor Drive: Vehicle crash (non-injury). A vehicle struck a deer.

11/03 Grouse Court: Information. Officers responded to a verbal argument between two parties.

For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations.

So keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 4,000 fires happen each Thanksgiving Day, usually in the kitchen!

Never leave your food unattended while frying or grilling.

Use a timer and routinely check whatever you’re cooking.

If frying or deep-frying, keep the fryer outside, away from walls, and free from moisture.

Never use a glass casserole or lid on the stove or burner, as it may explode from the heat.

Ensure that pot holders and food wrappers are a safe distance — at least 3 fee — from warmed surfaces (i.e. the stove). Position those handles so that they face inward.

Avoid dangling accessories or loose clothes around kitchen fires.

If using candles or the fireplace, keep these sources of fire shuttered or isolated, and never leave them unattended.

Never douse a grease fire with water, as the fire can thus spread. Turn off the burner, smother the flames with a lid (wearing an oven mitt) or douse with baking soda or a fire extinguisher if it’s getting out of hand.

Keep a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen, and know how to use it.

Ensure your smoke alarms are connected and working.

Better safe than sorry. You can call the pros at 1-888-674-6854 (USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline) with any cooking questions.

Unplug appliances that are small and unnecessary; it’s a smart way to save energy and eliminate potential dangers if something is accidentally turned on.

After the party, walk around the home and ensure candles and fireplaces are extinguished, unnecessary appliances are turned off, and no potential hazards (leftovers, sharp/flammable objects) are in reach of your kids or pets.

Remember: Enhance your safety by joining your local Neighborhood Watch Group!

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