If you experience fire or smoke damage this holiday season, let ServiceMaster Absolute clean it up for you!

The winter holidays are usually considered to be joy-filled time of the year, but a house fire can quickly put a damper on the holiday spirit. Fire damage your home adds extra stress to your life and can potentially put your family in danger. Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day are the most active days of cooking out of the year in the U.S., and they pose the greatest risk for a cooking-related house fire. If a house fire occurs in your home you can call ServiceMaster Absolute for any of your smoke damage and fire restoration needs in Chula Vista, CA.

Steer clear of house fires during the holidays with these cooking safety tips:

1) This one’s a bit obvious, but we’ve all been guilty of leaving the stove on before. Don’t leave your kitchen unattended when cooking. Even if you’re just baking in the oven, make sure to check on your food every once in a while. Turkey may take hours to cook, but keep an eye on it anyway (you’ll get a better tasting turkey, too!)

2) Try to keep frying your food to a minimum. Not only is it the unhealthiest way of cooking, it’s also the most dangerous and most capable of starting a fire (fryers are the number one culprit). Grilling or roasting are better options to keep your home safe from house fires. If you are going to fry something, heat the oil slowly, and place the food in the pan carefully to prevent splashes of hot oil.

3) When you’re cooking, don’t wear clothing that could catch in heated areas, and if you have long hair, tie it back. Clothing and hair are often the first things to catch fire if you aren’t careful.

4) It’s common for people to cook with a glass of alcohol in their hands, but keeping alcohol away from the kitchen is a surefire way to stay more alert and prevent cooking-related house fires from starting.

If a house fire does happen in your home during this year’s holidays, call ServiceMaster Absolute for our skilled and well-equipped soot damage and fire restoration services in Chula Vista, Carlsbad, and Escondido, CA. We have an emergency hotline so that we can quickly respond to the fire damage in your home. Be careful cooking and have a safe holiday season!