Welcome back from the holiday weekend! Now that you’ve had your fill of pie, board games, movies, and more pie, it’s time to really start thinking about the Christmas season. Today I’m sharing a gift idea I’ve been helping my grandma out with. Read the backstory behind this seemingly off-the-wall Christmas gift, and download your own fire safety gift tags.
Ok, pop quiz: What do you do in the event of a grease fire?
Answer: Do NOT put water on it!
Have you ever taken your bagel out of the toaster and a little piece of it falls back in? Then, since you already have a butter knife in your other hand anyway, you think, “I’ll just stick this in there and fish that out.” Yeah…bad idea.
Just like it might be your first instinct to use a metal utensil to fish something out of a plugged-in toaster, it also may be your first instinct to douse a grease fire with water. Neither or which is a good idea.
Here is a better solution for dealing with a grease fire:
- Turn off source of heat.
- Do NOT pour water on it.
- Once again, DO NOT pour water on it.
- Attempt to remove all oxygen from the flame. You can cover with another pot, or baking pan.
- If you can’t cover it, dump baking soda on it.
Ok, so why am I suddenly giving a fire safety lesson on my blog today? Well, a couple weeks ago, my grandma approached me with an idea for a Christmas gift she could give each member of the family based on a recent, scary event. Someone in the family had a grease fire start in their kitchen, and, when they didn’t know what to do, things escalated really quickly. Luckily, they managed to contain the fire before major damage was done to the house, but their stove top and drapes have certainly seen better days.
My grandma always keeps a jar of baking soda next to her stove for just this purpose; so, when this happened, she decided it would be a good idea to give everyone a little something this year to help keep them safe. So, I helped design these cute little tags to explain the purpose behind this fire safety gift, and I decided to share this gift idea as well as the tag designs with all of you.
With all the cooking going on this holiday season, just remember to be safe, and keep some baking soda handy. And if you’d like your family member to do the same, this is a really simple and handy gift to put together for them!