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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

November 21, 2017

Hello, hello folks! Thanksgiving is approaching and the shopping frenzy has begun. I try to use this time to reflect and feel gratitude. This is a great time for friends and family to gather and enjoy each other’s company.

We want this time to be happy and enjoyable without any insurance-related issues. Here are some fun tips to keep your event without any snafus …

For the host:

  1. Be sure all of your smoke alarms have working batteries and your carbon monoxide alarm is working.
  2. Check you have a working fire extinguisher and it is within reach.
  3. In case of a fire, use the extinguisher and not a rag or something that can become dangerous. Try to avoid any flare-ups by tossing flour to distinguish a fire. Never use water to put out grease fires!
  4. Use proper washing and disinfecting techniques prior to cooking. When touching meat be sure to clean your hands before starting a new task and touching in order to avoid contamination.

  1. If you are deep-frying a turkey just be sure the turkey is completely thawed and dry. Water does not mix with oil and this can be very dangerous when deep-frying. Also, deep-frying should be done outside in case something goes wrong.
  2. Invest in a meat thermometer ahead of time … If your turkey doesn’t reach 165 degrees you can run the risk of your guests getting very sick. This includes the stuffing.. it needs to be 165 F.
  3. As the host, just try and be aware of the alcohol consumption of your guests. Thanksgiving is one of the deadliest holidays due to drunk driving and accidents. Remind your guests to drink responsibly!
  4. Before going to bed, be sure all candles are extinguished, the oven is off, and the deep fryer has been unplugged.

Tips for those traveling for Thanksgiving or generally any holiday this season.

  1. Give yourself extra time. Traffic will happen but with a nice mixtape, you can make it fun.
  2. Bring snacks, water, and an emergency kit packed in your car just to be prepared.
  3. Make sure everything and everyone is properly secured with car seats, seatbelts, and all objects are secured in case you need to stop suddenly to avoid a hazard.
  4. Bringing food? Great! Be sure it is in a cooler bag in order to avoid food poisoning. The other guests would appreciate you taking the extra steps.
  5. Before you leave home … don’t forget to lock everything up and turn your security on...
  6. On your way home be sure you are okay enough to drive or you have a designated driver.

The most important part of all is just being aware, having fun, and being safe. Enjoy with people you love! Happy Thanksgiving!