Hyperion can tie heat and smoke alarms into your burglar alarm system so amid the hustle and bustle of preparing for Thanksgiving dinner, we will be monitoring those detectors to make sure you have a SAFE and Happy Thanksgiving!
Some fast facts about fire safety from the American Red Cross include:
-Cooking fires nearly double on Thanksgiving Day, occurring more than twice as often than on another day.***
-Thanksgiving Day home fires cause more property damage and claim more lives than home fires on other days.**
-Every two and a half hours someone is killed in a home fire. In a typical year, 20,000 people are injured in home fires.**
-Having a working smoke alarm reduces one’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.**

Preparedness Tips
-Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove. If you are simmering, baking, boiling, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that the stove or oven is on.
-Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. Keep anything that can catch on fire—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove top and oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
Keep kids away from cooking areas by enforcing a “kid-free zone” of three feet around the stove.
-If you must use a turkey fryer, make sure it is outdoors and in an open area away from all walls, fences or other structures that could catch on fire and away from moisture that can cause serious burns from steam or splattering hot oil. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Smoke alarms save lives. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen and use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.
After your Thanksgiving guests leave, ask a family member to perform a home safety check to ensure that all candles and smoking materials are extinguished.

Sources: American Red Cross,* U.S. Fire Administration,** and the National Fire Protection Association.***