Thanksgiving Safety Tips


Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays and it’s also one of the busiest times of year. Millions of people set off to travel in the days beforehand in order to be united with friends and family. It’s a time that we value what’s near and dear to us and display it openly. And while there are so many things to be thankful for, it’s important to follow some safety tips to make the day goes without a hitch.

In order to have a great Thanksgiving, you should make sure of two things: 1) that you are traveling safely and 2) that you are being extra cautious in the kitchen in order to prevent a kitchen fire or injury.


Travel Safety

Before doing anything, always have a game plan solidified on where you’ll go and when you’ll leave. If you are flying out, book your ticket as far in advance as you can. If you are driving, research the best and fastest routes to your destination. Regardless of how you travel, be prepared to meet some traffic/run into some crowds.

Before leaving the house, there’s always some prep work to be done. Always get your home ready to be vacant for however long you’ll be gone. Have your mail and newspaper put on hold; make sure all windows and doors are all locked and NEVER post that you’ll be gone on Facebook or other social media outlets (potential burglars would be able to openly see that you are away). Another thing you can do is to also inform a trusted neighbor that you’ll be gone and have them keep an eye out on anything amiss.

If you have an alarm system, arm it. An upgrade to ADT Pulse will provide remote home monitoring, which allows you to monitor and control your home from anywhere—it’s a great feature that puts you in control of your security system, regardless of your location.


Kitchen Safety

Unsurprisingly, most house fires start in the kitchen. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that on Thanksgiving Day alone, there are over 4,000 kitchen fires! Since Thanksgiving is full of the cooking and baking of delicious turkeys, stuffing, pies and other side items, there’s a lot of hustle and bustle going on that could certainly start a fire or cause a bodily injury.

Ways to keep safe while cooking includes never leaving food unattended when being fried (deep fried turkeys are notorious for catching fire). If you have food in the oven, be sure to have a timer set so you don’t accidently forget about it and over cook it—this can cause a lot of smoke to build up before it catches fire. Check on everything regularly and don’t stray far from where everything is being prepared. When handling hot dishes, be sure to wear an oven mit and place food down on hot plates (as to not burn the kitchen countertop or dining room table).

Some things to definitely note is that you should never place a glass casserole dish or lid on a warm burner—the glass can potentially explode. If you experience a grease fire, NEVER try to put it out with water, it’ll make the fire worse. Instead, try putting it out with baking soda or an extinguisher. And lastly (though it’s not part of the cooking process), as the festivities conclude, be sure to put out any candles that were lit and/or extinguish any fires in fireplaces in use.


With these tips, you can further celebrate your Thanksgiving holiday to the fullest extent! Enjoy the company you are holding it with, eat and cook some amazing food and enjoy whatever football game is being aired.

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