Keep Thanksgiving Safe
  • Post last modified:April 23, 2020
  • Post category:holiday insurance

Here at our agency, we treat our customers like they are family, because they truly mean the world to us. With that being said, we try look out for our customers in more ways than just providing insurance products and solutions. Today, we wanted to take a moment to bring your attention to a few Thanksgiving safety tips, because this holiday is getting busier every year, and we’d hate to see anything go wrong for you and your families. Let’s keep Thanksgiving safe!

First, let’s go over a few quick safety tips that are a bit more seasonal, that aren’t specifically just about Thanksgiving. These are some general safety tips that we should keep in mind all throughout the season.

Keep your home warm, but be careful of fire hazards. Fires can happen around Thanksgiving, especially considering the amount of food being prepared. Be sure to never leave Always be sure to use a timer while you are cooking food, and try not to let your clothes or any accessories you’re wearing dangle near heated areas such as your stovetop. Also, if a grease fire breaks out, never douse it with water, as it could potentially spread. Instead, try to turn off the burner and then smother the flames with a lid if you have one for the dish, and always be sure to use oven mitts too. Lastly, just be sure to check your smoke detectors and always have a fire extinguisher handy, just in case.

Next, let’s quickly discuss how you can make sure that you have the perfect turkey, free of any threats to your health. First of all, be selective when buying your turkey. It’s best to avoid fresh, stuffed turkeys, and you’ll want to purchase yours at least 1 or 2 days before you get ready to cook it. With that time, you can keep the turkey in your fridge, this way it has time to properly defrost. While it’s thawing in the refrigerator, it’s important to note that you’ll need a day of thawing for each five pounds your turkey weighs. If you don’t have a lot of time to thaw it out, you can put the turkey into cold water (where every pound of turkey needs 30 minutes to sit) and the water should be changed every half hour. You’ll want to cook the turkey immediately after thawing, and be sure to use a thermometer to ensure the turkey is evenly and well cooked.

While you’re gathered at the table, choking can be a serious hazard if people are simultaneously eating their food while socializing and cracking jokes. If someone can’t breathe properly or speak, call 911 immediately.

Remember, you also have to be safe on your travels to family or friends’ households. There will be a lot of folks on the road, so it’s important you keep a sharp eye open while driving during this time of year. Be sure to plan ahead for your trip, lower the volume on your smartphone’s ringer while you’re driving so it’s less of a distraction. While you’re away, it’s best to leave your keys and responsibilities with someone you trust, like a family member or a neighbor. While on that note, sometimes it’s best not to blast out to social media that you’ll be away, to keep you safe from becoming a victim of a break-in.  Other than that, be sure to lock your doors and set your house alarm while you’re away if you have one!

We hope these tips will keep you and your families safe this holiday, and we are wishing all of our customers, family, and friends a very Happy Thanksgiving! Is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments section below!