Over the river and through the woods…

Thanksgiving. What a great holiday. Family, friends, feasting, fun and football. What’s not to like? If you want to keep this holiday a safe one for you and your family, there are some things to remember. In anticipation of next week’s festivities, I thought it would be a good time for a few gentle reminders.

Traveling? Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year; by plane, train or car, millions will travel to spend the holiday with family and friends. When you’re behind the wheel, don’t let the distractions get to you, put away the cell phone, and if you’re starting to get drowsy (especially after the big feast) pull off the road. Name a designated driver if you plan to indulge, make sure everyone is buckled up, be prepared for traffic delays and inclement weather. If you are going to be away from your house, remove tell-tale signs of your absence; mail piling up, no lights on, etc. Make sure your house is not a target for thieves.

Let’s talk turkey – literally. Every year firefighters respond to house fires caused by families deep frying the turkey. If you plan on frying the bird this year, do it safely – outside, away from the house and children and pets, and with a grease fire rated fire extinguisher on hand – just in case. Take all the safety precautions necessary to avoid mishaps. Know the do’s and don’ts of fryer operations.

That goes for the kitchen too. A fire extinguisher on hand for any emergencies is a good thing. Oh, and how about making sure the smoke alarms are in working order? Check.

Read up on food safety rules. A call to the Poison Control Center shouldn’t be part of the day’s festivities. Take extra care with children and pets.

Last but certainly not least - don’t stress. Thanksgiving is about sharing time with family, expressing gratitude and enjoying the moment. A less than perfect bird or burnt pumpkin pie doesn’t really matter.

Now, go forth and prepare the celebration – SAFELY.

Posted by MJ Thomas

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