Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year. It is also the biggest cooking day of the year. Both travel and cooking can be hazardous if safety precautions are overlooked.
Thanksgiving Home Safety Tips
- Did you know that cooking causes around 69% of Thanksgiving Day fires? Those fires usually are a result of unattended cooking. While there are always distractions, don’t walk away from a stove or appliance in use.
- The stove can be a major source of carbon monoxide, especially if it’s being used for several hours at a time. Turn on your kitchen fan or vents, open windows periodically and make sure your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms are in good working order.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy in your kitchen and make sure everyone in your family knows how to use it.
- If a fire starts in a pan on your stove, turn off the stove and cover the pan with a lid (or use your fire extinguisher to put it out). Never try to douse a stove fire with water, flour, or similar substances since they can cause a flare-up
- If you are deep-frying your turkey, never use the fryer indoors. Keep it a safe distance from buildings and flammable objects and be sure your turkey is completely thawed and dry.
- Never dispose of hot grease in the garbage. Instead, let it cool and then discard it in a covered metal can (like a coffee can).
Travel Safety Tips
- According to the American Automobile Association, an estimated 43.4 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home over Thanksgiving weekend.
- Leave yourself extra time — especially if the weather is bad. With so many cars on the road, slow traffic is a given
- Make sure items in your car are secured so they won’t become a hazard if you have to brake suddenly. If you’re transporting food, use containers with tight-fitting lids
- Don’t announce your travel plans over social media. Thieves use those platforms to identify unoccupied properties.
- Make it look like someone’s home. Put your lights on a timer and have a trusted friend or neighbor pick up your mail.
- Don’t forget to lock all windows and exterior doors. One-third of home burglaries happen through unforced entry.
- Sign up for Dublin Police’s House Watch program. https://dublinohiousa.gov/dublin-police/police-services/
Thanksgiving should be a day of good memories with friends and family, so please follow these tips to keep your family and home safe.
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