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Cooking Safety Tips for Thanksgiving

thanksgiving-cooking-safety-tipsWhen we think of Thanksgiving most people picture a big, juicy turkey, stuffing, gravy, and mashed potatoes. A great meal is at the heart of Thanksgiving Day and that means plenty of time spent cooking in the kitchen. With extra people in the house, more alcohol consumed, and multiple cooking elements going at once, it's no wonder that cooking fires are almost double that of any other day. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries on Thanksgiving Day and Thanksgiving Day is the number one day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. Thanksgiving Day home fires are particularly dangerous as they cause more property damage and claim more lives than home fires on other days.

Cooking Safety Tips For Thanksgiving

Kids love to help in the kitchen which makes it especially important to follow good safety procedures while cooking. Even if you have no children around, it is still important to stay vigilant about Thanksgiving cooking safety.

  • Stay in the kitchen while your stove burners are on to keep an eye on the food.
  • Do not leave your home while a turkey is in the oven and check on it often.
  • Keep children at least three feet away from the stove.
  • Keep kids away from hot food and liquids.
  • Be cautious around steam or splashing water from cooking vegetables, gravy, or coffee as it could cause serious burns.
  • Offer activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during cooking. Keep the kitchen floor clear of toys and bags to avoid a tripping hazard.
  • Check that electric cords from an electric knife, mixer, coffee maker, or plate warmers are not dangling off the counter where a child could grab them.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. You can test them by pushing the test button.

Deep-Fry Turkey Safety Tips

Deep frying a turkey can be particularly dangerous if proper safety procedures are not followed. Observe these safety tips to avoid a house fire:

  • Deep fry the turkey outside, a fair distance from the house and never under an enclosure.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and dry when placing it in the fryer (oil and water don't mix).
  • Keep animals and kids away from the deep fryer for their own safety and so they don't accidently knock it over.
  • Do not drink or do drugs; you will need all your wits about you.
  • Do not use too much oil as many accidents occur when excess oil spills over the pot.
  • Oil should be no more than half an inch above the turkey.
  • Turn off the fryer immediately if any smoke appears.
  • Never leave a fryer unattended.
  • Center the pot over the burner.
  • Raise and lower the turkey slowly to reduce the chance of splatters and burns.
  • Make sure your skin is completely covered when you deposit, check on or remove the turkey.
  • Check on the oil temperature frequently.
  • If a fire ignites, call 911 immediately. DO NOT attempt to extinguish the fire with water.

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you have enough to deal with. Let an experienced accident attorney fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is five to ten times bigger with the help of a lawyer. Call the caring accident attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. today for a FREE consultation! You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages for you!

Thanksgiving Most Dangerous Holiday?

car-accident-thanksgivingThanksgiving Day is the most dangerous holiday for car accidents. Using traffic fatality data from NHTSA tracked since 1982, averages of 550 people are killed each year on Thanksgiving Day compared to 100 people on a typical day. In 2008, Thanksgiving Day deaths were down from their 26-year average; experts believe it was because unusually high gas prices prevented/detoured families from traveling. Whether it's a holiday or not, car accidents cost taxpayers more than $100 billion each year and an estimated $36 billion is paid out annually by insurance companies.

Contributing factures to a high rate of car accidents are in increase in alcohol consumption during the holidays, a lot more drivers on the road, and longer road trips. About 91 percent of Americans travel by car to reach their Thanksgiving gathering. The Department of Transportation reports that the number of people on a road trip longer than 50 miles increases by 54 percent on the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The number of road trips over 50 miles between Christmas and New Year's only increases by 23 percent. Part of the reason for the disparity in road trips is that Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday with many having a four-day weekend, compared to the way that Christmas and New Year's jump around.

Thanksgiving Day Driving Safety

If you are planning to take a road trip for Thanksgiving this year, here are some safety tips that could save your life:

1. Make sure that your car is tuned up and your tires have adequate tread.
2. Carry tire chains in your trunk in case the roads are snowy.
3. Drive at, or slightly below the speed limit. Follow the flow of traffic but allow extra space during wet, snowy, or icy conditions.
4. Ensure that everyone in the car is restrained properly. Children under two years should be in rear facing car seats and those under four years should be in forward facing car seats. Booster seats should be used until the child is 4'9" tall.
5. Get a good night's rest before starting out on the road. Take regular breaks and pull over if you are feeling fatigued.
6. Never consume alcohol or drugs before setting out on a road trip.
7. Be careful when passing other cars; be sure you can see oncoming traffic clearly.
8. Do not text and drive and if you need to make a call; use the speaker phone.

Keep yourself and your loved ones safe for Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving from Tario & Associates!

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you have enough to deal with. Let an experienced accident attorney fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is five to ten times bigger with the help of a lawyer. Call the caring accident attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. today for a FREE consultation! You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages for you!

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