Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy with family and friends. It is the time of year where families give thanks for all of the blessings in their lives. Families will drive from both near and far to gather around the table and enjoy a bountiful feast together. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 29. AAA Travel forecasts 46.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday. Nearly 42 million Americans will take a holiday road trip this Thanksgiving. (46.9 Million Americans to Travel for Thanksgiving, According to AAA | AAA NewsRoom.” AAA NewsRoom. 17 Nov. 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.) With the increase of vehicles on the road this holiday season, if you will be traveling, make sure you and your family practice safe driving habits to avoid any auto accidents. Learn more about Holiday Season Driving.
Traveling and auto accidents are not the only type of Thanksgiving mishaps which occur as a result of someone else’s negligence. During Thanksgiving gatherings there are many other incidents that can occur which could add some drama to your day.
Thanksgiving Day Household Accidents
- Deep Fryers, grills and other cooking devices – These can pose serious fire hazards and can cause severe burns.
- Food Poisoning– purchasing food and eating out around the holidays you always need to be careful with food that may have gone bad.
- Negligent maintenance of the household or business causing injury – if you are in an unfamiliar home or business that is negligently maintained, it could cause serious injury.
Keep your Thanksgiving Holiday Safe
Thanksgiving Day is much more enjoyable when everyone is safe. Here are some tips to help your family stay safe during the holidays.
- Designate a safe area in your yard which is far away from the house if you are planning on using a deep fryer for your turkey.
- Avoid distracting the chef and kitchen helpers while they are cooking the meal.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working by testing them.
- Have a fire extinguisher available in the kitchen or in areas where the meals will be cooked.
- Keep an eye on all children. Make sure they stay away from hot food and liquids, candles, matches, lighters and knives.