Enjoy the Holiday With These Thanksgiving Safety Tips
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the busy holiday season. But while we all look forward to spending Thanksgiving doing things like eating lots of turkey, watching football, and spending time with our families, we often forget that Thanksgiving can actually be a rather dangerous holiday. Between travelling and all the cooking going on, there are a lot of ways to get hurt. Be sure to start the holiday season off right with these Thanksgiving safety tips.
For millions of Americans, Thanksgiving means travelling to spend time with family. According to AAA, 48.7 million people are expected to travel at least 50 miles this year for Thanksgiving and the vast majority of those travelers will be driving to their destination. Since gas prices are currently low, it’s believed that Thanksgiving 2016 will have the highest number of road travelers since 2007. With so many people hitting the road this year, it’s very important that you be prepared so you can avoid car accidents and arrive safely at your destination.
Before you leave the house, make sure you know exactly where you’re going. Either print off your directions ahead of time or get your GPS system setup before you even pull out of the driveway. Messing with the GPS system or trying to look up directions once you’re on your way causes you take your eyes and attention off the road and may lead to a car accident. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to make the trip. Being in a rush is another major factor that can lead to car accidents.
If you’re travelling with various items in the car, like containers of food or toys for the kids, make sure they’re properly secured. If you have to brake suddenly, you don’t want any of these things to go flying around the car.
Don’t forget to check for any construction alerts on the route you’ll be travelling and check the weather forecast for your destination. The last thing you want is to encounter any surprises along the way that will make your trip even longer or even put you in harm’s way.
Lastly, make sure your car is in good working order before leaving and make sure you have your auto insurance information with you. AAA is expecting to help out 370,000 motorists this year because of problems like dead batteries and flat tires. If your insurance provider has a mobile app, downloading it may make it easier for you to get help if you need it.
Between the heat from the oven and all the sharp knives being used, the kitchen is full of Thanksgiving day hazards. Thanksgiving is actually the peak day for reported house fires. In 2014, nearly 4 times as many house fires happened on Thanksgiving than they did on an average day.
By far, the most common reason why Thanksgiving home fires occur is because cooking equipment was left unattended, so never leave the kitchen while things are on the stove, even if it’s just for a minute. If you must step out, call someone else in to keep an eye on things. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen and check your smoke alarm batteries before you start cooking.
Another reason why Thanksgiving day house fires are so common is because deep fried turkeys have become so popular in recent years. If you’re going to deep fry your turkey, make sure you keep the fryer outside where it won’t be near any walls.
While you’re cooking, stick to fitted clothing. Loose, baggy clothes can potentially get too close to open flames and catch on fire. Keep the handles of pots and pans turned inward, so that nobody accidentally bumps into them when they walk by and gets burned by hot food. Check to make sure floors are kept clear of things that could be tripped over and that any spills are cleaned up right away.
Letting the kids help make Thanksgiving dinner is a wonderful idea, just make sure they’re very well supervised and that they don’t come too close to the hot stove, use things like sharp knives or electric carving tools, or are pouring hot liquids.
All of us here at The Law Offices of Goodwin & Scieszka wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving!