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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Thanksgiving safety tips

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and whether you’re hosting the big meal or going out of town to visit family, you want to make sure you do it safely! No matter what you are doing on the big day, here are a few safety tips to remember.

Hosting The Big Meal

If the big meal is at your house, we know you have a lot to do to get ready. Just remember though, while cooking the meal, don’t get distracted. Thanksgiving is one of the peak days for home cooking fires and in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,600 fires. You don’t want your Thanksgiving day to be ruined by an unfortunate incident. Here are a few tips to hopefully help reduce the risk of a fire.

  • As mentioned above, don’t get distracted while cooking. If you remember there is something that needs to be picked up or a task that needs to be completed, recruit your family to complete the task for you.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy and if a fire does occur, act fast!
    • If it occurs in a pan on your stove, turn the burner off and either use your fire extinguisher or cover it with a lid. Avoid using water or flour to put it out, these items could cause a flare-up.
    • If it occurs in the oven, turn it off and keep the door closed. Call 911 and make sure all of your guests are out of the house and safe while you wait.
  • Before going to bed, do a final walk through of your house, make sure your doors are locked, the oven is turned off, and all candles are extinguished.

Attending a Thanksgiving Meal at Another Location
Do you have to travel to your family’s house for your Thanksgiving meal? AAA is estimating 49.3 million travelers to hit the road for Thanksgiving. With this in mind here are a few things to remember.

  • If you can avoid it, don’t travel on Wednesday afternoon. Nationally, this time frame is expected to be the heaviest traveled, especially if you have to go through cities. Try to leave in the morning or wait until later in the evening or better yet, plan to leave early Thursday morning.
  • Make sure your car is ready for the trip. Fill it up with gas, check your tire pressure, and make sure your brakes are in working order.
  • While traveling, stay focused on the road. Have your family do the navigating and keep your phone stored away.

Going Away For The Holiday Weekend
Are you spending the holiday out of town? Maybe you’re going to visit family or just getting away for the holiday, whatever your reasoning there are a few things to remember.

  • Don’t announce you’re going away on social media. While we may think we know and can trust our friends on our social media accounts, that is not always the case. Announcing that you’re going away is setting yourself up for a potential unfortunate incident.
  • Remember to go around your house and lock all of your windows and doors.
  • If you can, have a friend stop by your house to pick up your mail and inspect things, just to make sure everything is in order while you’re away.

These are only a few suggested safety tips to make sure your Thanksgiving is fun and safe! However you celebrate your holiday, have a great day!