With Thanksgiving just a few days away, people across the country are gearing up for the start of the holiday season. Thanksgiving is all about spending time with family and friends, but it’s also important to remember that there is an increased chance of cooking fires and car accidents on this day.
Fire Safety Tips
Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires, with three times as many fires occurring than on an average day, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Safety in the kitchen is always important, but especially around the holidays.
Follow these tips from the NFPA to enjoy a happy and safe Thanksgiving:
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top. Unattended cooking is the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
- Stay in the home when you are cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
- Keep children at least three feet away from the stove, and make sure kids stay away from any hot food or liquids.
- Keep the floor clean so as not to trip over items left on the ground (toys, pocketbooks, bags, etc.).
- Keep knives out of the reach of children.
- Check that all electric cords aren’t dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children and in a locked cabinet.
- Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working by pushing the test button.
Avoid wearing any loose clothing and make sure all potholders and towels are away from the heat of the oven and stove top. Also, be sure to have a working fire extinguisher on hand and know how to use it. Remember this word: PASS (Pull-Aim-Squeeze-Sweep).
Travel Safety Tips
AAA Travel estimates that 41.9 million people will be out on the roads from Wednesday through Saturday. With more people traveling by car than last year, you should expect the roads to be extra busy. In 2012, the Thanksgiving holiday had the most motor vehicle deaths at 405, according to the National Safety Council.
Follow these travel safety tips from the American Red Cross:
- Obey the rules of the road: wear your seat belt, don’t drive impaired, and turn on your headlights and windshield wipers when it’s dark or in bad weather.
- Give your full attention to the road and avoid distractions such as cell phones. Remember, in the state of Massachusetts it’s illegal to text and drive.
- Observe speed limits, and remember that driving too fast or too slow can increase your chance of being in an accident.
- Make frequent stops, and rotate drivers during long trips. Make sure you are well rested before heading out and stop to rest if you find yourself getting too tired to drive.
- Ensure your car is in good travel condition, and prepare an emergency preparedness kit.
For more fire and travel safety tips for your Thanksgiving holiday, contact McGrath Insurance Group at 508-347-6850 or visit us at www.mcgrathinsurance.com.
*This article is written for informational purposes only and should not be construed as providing legal advice.