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Thanksgiving Safety

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.

Thanksgiving by the numbers
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. and Christmas Eve.
  • In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths

Source: NFPA’s Fire Analysis & Research Division

NFPA joins CPSC to demonstrate the fire dangers of turkey fryers in this live burn. NFPA strongly discourages the use of turkey fryers.

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 room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Snowbird Home Protection Tips


If you are one of the lucky ones and you get to leave Ohio for the colder winter months, there are some things that you might consider doing before you leave.

If you don’t already have a security system installed in your home now is a good time to have one installed.  We recommend a system that is interactive so you can view activity remotely while you are away.

See our Remote Security area on our website and click Total Connect HomeAutomation

Along with a professionally installed monitored security system it is a good idea to add smoke detectors to your system.  Middletown Security Systems, Inc. does not charge anything additionally on the monitoring once you add these additional components.  This is a good idea even if you are not away for many months each year.

You also might consider adding a high/low temperature monitor to your system.  This device will send a signal to the central station when the temperature in your home reaches a certain predetermined temperature.  If your HVAC system stops working and the temperature drops low enough to freeze pipes, you will be thankful that you added this device to your system.

If your home has a sump pump, adding a sump pump monitor can save you from the costly repairs of a flooded basement.  We also can put water sensors near hot water heaters or any other water source in your home.  Again, if the sensor trips our central station will receive a signal and contact you or anyone on your contact list.

Did you know that you can have an app on your phone and see what is going on in your home while you are away?  With this app you can arm and disarm your system and even keep track of when your alarm is disarmed.  Your system will need to communicate through the AlarmNet network and additional monthly costs are involved after installation. Once you add this connectivity to your system you will wonder how you ever did without it before.

Feel free to contact us at (513)423-1065 or (800)635-1397 and we can explain any of this in more detail with you.

October is Fire Prevention Month

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between escaping safely from a fire or having your life end in tragedy.

  • It is so important to have an escape plan.
  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure your home address is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close the doors behind you as you leave, this may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Safety Tips

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to sure the alarm is working.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Difference Between Monitored and Regular Smoke Detectors

Monitored Detectors

When located on all levels of a residence and in all bedrooms, monitored detectors provide the best kind of early warning fire protection. If they sense a fire developing, they signal an alarm control, which activates all evacuation horns throughout a residence and sends a fire alarm signal to the central station, which will notify the fire department. Monitored detectors provide fire protection when you are home or away. As part of a home security system, monitored detectors provide both an AC primary power supply and a rechargeable back-up battery.

Regular Smoke Detectors

Battery-operated — Battery-operated detectors have two major problems. First, they are rarely connected to other detectors, remote warning devices or a central monitoring station. If they are located outside a bedroom, a sound sleeper may not hear them, especially if the bedroom door is closed or just partially open. If detectors are located on a different level of the home than the bedroom level, then the likelihood they will wake up sleeping family members is further diminished. A second problem with battery-operated detectors is their batteries—if they are not periodically replaced, the detectors will not work! Too many fire deaths occur in homes where detectors fail to function because their batteries are dead, disconnected or removed.

AC Powered Detectors — Many AC powered detectors are not connected to other detectors or remote warning devices. Even those that are only connected to other devices can provide a local warning of fire. If no one is home, a fire can develop without anyone taking action to protect valuable property.


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