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4 Steps to a Safe Thanksgiving


iStock_000017887217XSmallTurkey Day is almost here! While many of us will spend Thanksgiving celebrating with family and friends, don’t forget that thousands of accidents (most of which can be avoided) occur each year during the holidays. So this year, in between bites of turkey and pumpkin pie, here are a few steps you can take to make sure to keep yourself and your guests safe.

  1. Avoid fires. Did you know that more fires occurred on Thanksgiving than any other day in 2013, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)? If you are cooking, be careful about wearing loose clothing, face all pot handles toward the rear of the stove, and keep potholders away from the burners. NFPA also reminds us to only use a turkey fryer outside with proper protection and keep that fire extinguisher close by.
  2. Be attentive. It’s easy to be distracted by screaming grandkids or that exciting football game on TV in the living room. Remember, accidents in the kitchen can occur in a matter of seconds so be aware of what’s happening and make sure you don’t leave food unattended.
  3. Travel Safely. We all know what it’s like to be stuck in traffic on the way to Grandma’s house. Stay safe by preparing ahead with a trip to your mechanic to ensure that your car is road trip ready. Be alert! It’s so easy to take your eyes off the road to glance at that text from a family member asking about your arrival time. Avoid texting and driving to keep yourself and other travellers safe.
  4. Keep your guests safe. Even in spite of our best efforts, accidents do sometimes occur. That’s why it’s so important for you to plan ahead and make sure you have adequate liability insurance that covers all your guests sitting around the Thanksgiving table. Talk to us today about the insurance plan that’s right for you.

Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate and give thanks. Celebrate family. Celebrate friends. Celebrate life. Celebrate good food. But please celebrate safely. Happy Thanksgiving!