A Cornucopia of Thanksgiving Safety Tips
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays – the food, family, and fun is all I need to get me through the next month until the December holidays! As much as I love Thanksgiving, you know I couldn’t let an opportunity to share some Thanksgiving-themed safety tips to help ensure that you and your family spend as much time together at home this season, instead of in the ER.
The National Fire Protection Association offers this useful PDF with suggestions on how to prevent oven fires and minimize the risk of burns to kids. If you’ve got relatives over and all the young children are playing, one good tip from the NFPA is to design games or activities in rooms outside of the kitchen where the cooking is taking place. The NFPA also discourages use of outdoor turkey friers because of the risk of fire, which could easily spread depending on the outdoor conditions. An oil spill can ignite, and surrounding leaves or tree branches could catch fire, causing a blaze to spread quickly. If you are going to use this turkey-cooking method, have a fire extinguisher ready and know how to use it!
Food safety is important to you and all all your guests, on Thanksgiving and especially with leftovers. Turkey Time is a handy online portal from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gives safe cooking temperatures and food preparation safety information. Check it out!
Don’t let pets choke or eat anything that might upset their stomach or allergies. Here’s a complete list of safety tips from ASPCA and considerations to make sure that your pets enjoy Thanksgiving as much as you!
Play safe – and watch out for injuries. Head injures are common, especially among younger players, and concussions need to be treated right away!
Black Friday Safety
Here’s a post from last week with some Back Friday safety tips for kids at malls.
If you’ll be on the road at all this holiday, be on the lookout for drunk drivers, young drivers, and of course, anyone texting while driving! Wednesday night is a notoriously busy bar night, which unfortunately translates to a lot of unsafe drivers on the road. Be safe!