How to Avoid a Cooking Fire on Thanksgiving

Many fire accidents occur during the holiday season – make sure to keep safe!

If you are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, chances are most of the cooking is your responsibility. While it is a fun and enjoyable experience for most, it is important to keep in mind that cooking is the cause of about 69 percent of Thanksgiving Day fires. Some homes are more susceptible to having a fire because of the kitchen size, kitchen layout, and the amount of guests over for Thanksgiving, or any time of year.

To prevent a kitchen fire on Thanksgiving Day, we recommend the following:

  • Don’t leave any appliance unattended while it is in use. This can be difficult because there tends to be lots of distractions while you are the host.
  • Wear clothing that is fitting and not loose, especially around your sleeves.
  • Be aware of where the fire extinguisher is located, and ensure that several people know how to use it in case a fire does occurs.
  • If a fire starts in a pain on the stove, immediately turn the stove off and cover the pan with a lid. Refrain pour water on a stove fire – this may cause it to flare-up.
  • If there’s a fire in the oven, immediately turn the oven off, and make sure to keep the door closed. Call 911, and remain outside the house until the firefighters arrive.
  • Do not get rid of hot grease in the garbage. Let it cool down and then throw it away in a covered metal can.
  • Keep children away from any hot liquids or plates.
  • Check the kitchen to make sure that nothing hot is left out before going to bed or leaving your home.

If you aren’t the host and will be traveling to someone else’s house, drive safely! It is estimated that 43 million Americans travel more than 50 miles from home during Thanksgiving weekend. There are several safety measures that you can take to be careful on Thanksgiving Day. Check out the best times to travel on Thanksgiving.

If you take the proper safety measures, your home will remain safely full of family rather than smoke and fire. Call us at 781-431-9800 if you have any questions!

6 Ways To Protect Your Identity This Holiday Season

As the holiday season approaches, chances are that you are at a much higher risk of identity fraud than during any other time of the year. In 2012, 1 in 20 consumers were a victim of identity fraud. This is a serious issue that affects more and more people every day.

There are several steps you can take to ensure you don’t become a victim of identity fraud. These include:

  1. Avoid carrying important credit cards when you don’t need them – social security cards, passports and other sensitive documents should remain in a safe location that only you are aware of. 
  2. Always shred any documents that you throw in the trash – shred things like credit card statements, returned checks or credit card offers. Any documents with identifying information and account numbers can provide an opportunity for identity thieves to take over your personal information. 
  3. Keep an eye on your credit and bills – be sure that your credit reports and bank statements are accurate and that all transactions were made by you. 
  4. Be careful when giving out personal information on the phone –don’t give out key information over the phone to anyone who calls and asks for it. Elderly people are particularly at risk – they are often targets for fraudulent calls. 
  5. Keep a file with all credit card account numbers, passwords, phone numbers, and expiration dates – This will be handy if your wallet is stolen, because you will be able to alert your creditors quicker and easier. 
  6. Get identity theft coverage – through our More Store via LifeLock, Inc., we offer the industry’s most complete Identity Theft Protection service. The system also provides daily monitoring of all three Credit bureau reports. Also, LifeLock provides a $1 million Total Service Guarantee. We hope that you take the correct steps to make sure that you are not vulnerable to identity theft this holiday season, and all year long. 

For peace of mind and proactive protection, check out Identity Theft Protection from LifeLock, Inc.