Thanksgiving safety tips

Turkey day is upon us, when relatives and friends descend from near and far to gobble stuffing, watch NFL football and reflect on the things they are thankful for. In the spirit of the holiday, make sure that by the end of the day you can still be grateful for your family's continued health and prosperity by following these Thanksgiving safety tips.

Careful with the Deep Fried Turkey

Who needs a roaster? Adventuresome chefs who want to create a memorable Thanksgiving are turning to the deep fryer to cook the turkey. The process involves gallons of hot oil, so take precautions if you decide to use this method to prepare your bird:

  • Set the fryer up outside a safe distance from your house. Monitor it at all times and don't let children or pets come close. Make sure it is set up securely so it won't tip over.
  • Thoroughly thaw and dry the turkey before starting the cooking process. Failure to do so could cause splashes and spills.
  • Don't overfill the fryer. Overflowing oil could be a fire hazard.
  • Be careful not to burn yourself on the device while it's on.
  • Make sure you have a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Remember that the oil can stay scalding-hot for a long time after your turkey is done cooking.

With some prudence and awareness, you can enjoy your crispy bird safely. 

Beware Open Flames

Candles are a great way to provide atmosphere, but make sure they aren't close to any curtains or other flammable materials, and aren't in danger of getting knocked over. Never leave a burning candle unattended. The same goes for your gas burners. 

Clean up Your Clutter

Your guests might not be familiar with the idiosyncrasies of your house, like the children's cars scattered about the living room. Make sure any power cords and extensions cords aren't crossing the floor or walkway and posing potential trip hazards. 

Mind the Children

We expect adults to practice common sense, but children may not be so prudent. If you aren't used to having kids around, be aware that knives, candles, hot foods, liquids, matches and stoves might all prove irresistible to a curious youngster. Keep anything dangerous out of reach, and make sure the kids are supervised.

Good sense and a few basic precautions will ensure that you and your family enjoy a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving.

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