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Thanksgiving Safety

By Evan L. Kaine

The holiday season is officially upon us and our tables will first be set for Thanksgiving! From turkey and stuffing to trimming the tree, it’s important that we’re aware of the many safety concerns that go along with the holidays. From the inside of your home to traveling to visit friends and family, there are concerns that every family should take before they begin celebrating!

Preheat the Oven: Home Fires on Thanksgiving

We may not all be Betty Crocker or Rachel Ray in the kitchen, but we certainly strive to cook up a scrumptious meal for loved ones. But if you plan on having a house full of loved ones, you also need to be mindful of safety. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires. Therefore, it is important to take fire safety seriously during the holiday season.

The kitchen should be designated as a place for the “chef” not children. If you plan on leaving the kitchen at any time, use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on. Make sure to double-check your countertops for anything that could catch fire like oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic and towels. It is also smart to have a fire extinguisher nearby in case a fire occurs! When dinner is finally served, be sure to turn off all stoves, ovens and small appliances.

Traveling Turkeys: Thanksgiving’s Increased Car Accidents

Last year an estimated 48.7 million people traveled over the Thanksgiving holiday. It comes as no surprise that when people are navigating unfamiliar roads, driving later or the fact that traffic volume goes up, the number of car accidents go up as well. Thanksgiving is one of the year’s deadliest weeks for traffic accidents and officials speculate that 2017 will be no different. The Red Cross has issued a list of recommendations to help travelers safely reach their destination:

  • Make sure your vehicle is in good working order.
  • Start out with a full tank of gas, check the tire air pressure and make sure the windshield fluid is full.
  • Buckle up, slow down, and don’t drive impaired. Designate a driver who won’t drink.
  • Be well rested and stay alert.
  • Use caution in work zones.
  • Avoid distractions such as cell phones
  • Observe speed limits.
  • Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers.
  • Be respectful of motorists and follow the rules of the road.
  • Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.
  • Clean the vehicle’s headlights, taillights, signal lights, and windows.
  • Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches.
  • Don’t overdrive your headlights.
  • If car trouble develops, pull off the road as far as possible.

Whether you are traveling or busy in the kitchen, we ask you and your family to take precautionary measures this Thanksgiving and the remainder of the holiday season. Please contact our office immediately if you have suffered any type of personal injury or been involved in a car accident.

From the Kaine Law family to yours, we wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

Published November 20, 2017
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