Staying Safe this Thanksgiving

November 24, 2014

Millions of Americans will travel to visit loved ones for the Thanksgiving holiday, which means millions more will be opening their homes to guests and visitors. What is often a joyous occasion can turn tragic when proper safety protocols are not followed during these gatherings.

The kitchen is the epicenter of the home, especially during the holidays. Kids love to be involved in holiday preparations. Safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at home. Try to keep the little ones otherwise occupied and helping out in the dining room or other areas of the home. “Non-essential” personnel (guests) should be encouraged to congregate in other areas as well. Too many bodies in the kitchen can lean to spills, accidents and injuries.

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires on Thanksgiving Day and the number of them nearly doubles on this holiday. To reduce the risk of fire (and to ensure a yummy meal) stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food. Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, ham or other holiday traditions and check on it frequently. Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids as the steam or splash from gravy, soup, cider or coffee could cause serious burns.

It’s also important to keep the floors clear of items so you and your guests don’t trip. The kitchen should especially be cleared of any belongings, but also make sure the entry to your home isn’t congested with shoes, overnight bags and purses.

Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, slow cooker or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child. Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button. November is also a great time to schedule your yearly battery replacements in all smoke alarms in the home.

It’s also a good time to review your home insurance policy. Knowledgeable, independent insurance agents at Brooks Todd & McNeil are always available to answer any questions you may have, identify any gaps in your current coverage and even assist you in filing a claim. Our agents can also help you find a variety of quotes from a number of providers, ensuring any policy you choose offers the best protection at the most affordable rates. Contact us to find out how you and your home can stay protected this Thanksgiving.