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2018 Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Autumn is in full force and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s a time for family, friends, and food. While you are enjoying some quality time with loved ones, it’s imperative that you take precautions to stay safe. Kick off this holiday season without any accidents or mishaps. Use these tips to help keep you and loved ones safe this Thanksgiving!


Never Drink and Drive

Drinking and Driving should never be tolerated. If you, or someone you know, has had a drink, do not let them drive home. Instead, call them a taxi, Uber, Lyft, or have someone drive them home. Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving. Even having a single drink could impair s motor and cognitive abilities.


Watch out For Dangers on The Road

Unfortunately, some people may decide to drive under the influence on Thanksgiving. While you are on the roads, keep an eye out for a dangerous situation. Always practice safe, defensive driving. Drunk drivers are not the only thing to watch out for. Animals and poor weather can pose a threat too. Avoid speeding and always be cautious for potential hazards.


Home Hazards

There are plenty of hazards in the home as well. Young children or pets running around may pull or gnaw on wires. Handrails should be installed by stairs. Walkways should be cleared so no one accidentally trips. Watch out for candles as they could be a fire hazard. There are plenty of ways to help prevent accidents in your home. Check out these additional tips to keep your home safe during a party.


Cooking Safety

One of the most anticipated parts of Thanksgiving is the turkey! But be careful because undercooked meat can cause salmonella and food poisoning. When roasting the turkey, make sure that the temperature reaches 165 for an hour and a half to two hours (or more). You definitely do not want to make any guests sick! If there are children around, keep them away from the kitchen as you cook so they don’t accidentally get hurt. Make sure that your smoke detectors are working too – kitchen fires are a common occurrence on Thanksgiving.


Outdoor Safety

A game of football is tradition for some families. Before you toss around the football, clear your yard. Get rid of any sticks that are lying around. Rake the leaves so that no one slips on them. You should also make sure that walkways and the driveway is clear to prevent tripping while entering or exiting your home.


Thanksgiving is a fun holiday for everyone in the family. Don’t let a mishap ruin the holiday. These easy tips will help your Thanksgiving go smoothly. And while you’re preparing, call up your insurance agent to talk about your homeowners insurance. If you are hosting, then you want to make sure that your coverage is suitable in case anything happens during your Thanksgiving celebration. You can also talk about your auto insurance or umbrella insurance to help keep your family safe this holiday season.


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