Thanksgiving is just around the corner and for many this means time to reflect on the things that enrich our lives and give thanks, not to mention the mix of family, friends, food and football! Keeping the day joyful means keeping everyone safe especially in the kitchen or on the road.
Unfortunately, on this day accidents occur more than one thinks. In fact, more cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. According to State Farm, grease and cooking-related claims more than double on Thanksgiving Day compared to an average day in November.
In addition, Thanksgiving Day holds the questioning distinction of being the deadliest holiday on roads across the U.S. with record numbers of car accident injuries and deaths occurring.
At the law firm of Goodman Acker, our Michigan personal injury lawyers wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and would like you to take a few minutes to review our Thanksgiving Safety Tip list to ensure you can enjoy the holiday without worry.
Prepare for a safe and festive holiday this year by following the below safety tips:
Thanksgiving Safety Tips For The Kitchen:
Keep the cooking range free of clutter.Even though you have myriad dishes to prepare, don’t overload a cook top with too many pots and pans. Trying to cook all your dishes at once could cause grease to accidentally spill onto a range top and cause a fire.
Do not try to hold your child in one arm while cooking with the other.Holding a child while cooking is an invitation for a burn. It’s best to keep your child out of the kitchen while you’re cooking.
Never put a glass casserole or lid on the stove or over a burner.If it gets hot and explodes, it will send dangerous shards of glass in all directions.
Do not pour water on a grease fire.Pouring water on a grease fire can cause the fire to spread. In the event of a range-top fire, turn off the burner, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding a lid onto the pan. Leave the lid in place until the pot or pan is cooled.
Avoid using a turkey fryer.Because turkey fryers pose a number of distinct safety concerns, including burn and fire hazards, UL does not certify any turkey fryers. If a family decides they must use a turkey fryer this Thanksgiving, UL urges them to be extremely cautious and read its turkey fryer safety tips.
Keep a clean work surface.Be sure to wash surfaces, utensils, the sink and hands after handling raw food. It’s a good idea to identify one cutting board for raw meats and one for other uses.
Thaw the bird with care.If using a frozen turkey, the USDA recommends thawing it in the refrigerator in its original wrapping, in a tray or pan that can catch any juices that may leak.
Call for help.If you’ve accidentally cooked the giblets inside the turkey or have any other questions about cooking your Thanksgiving bird, be safe and call the pros at the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854)
Thanksgiving Road Travel Tips:
Prepare for delays – Too many accidents are the result of driver frustration.
Designate a driver – Celebrants may underestimate how much they drink between wine with the meal and beer with the game. Designate a sober driver, call a taxi, or stay the night.
Stay alert/awake – Many people drive long distances to dine with loved ones. Remember that drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. Get a good night’s sleep, alternate with another driver, or pull off for a cat nap if you feel yourself becoming especially sleepy.
Be alert for impaired drivers – Pay extra attention, watching out for drivers who didn’t heed the advice above and are drunk, drowsy, or both.
Wear seat belts – Thanksgiving Day and every day, seat belts can keep a car accident from turning into a true tragedy.
At the law firm of Goodman Acker, we are thankful to those who have put trust in our law firm. May your Thanksgiving holiday be happy and safe!