Holiday Safety Tips: Thanksgiving Do’s and Don’ts

November 23, 2015

Although our minds can often go crazy during the holiday season, it is important to always take a step back and take into consideration the increased safety hazards that the holiday season can bring. Whether Thanksgiving dinner is at your house or you’re making the trip to visit others, it is always important to remember these precautions and safety tips to keep everyone safe for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday:

Cooking/Fire Safety

  • Nearly twice as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than on any other day. When you're cooking, DON'T ever leave the kitchen unattended. Keep close by and check back frequently – DO take the extra precaution of setting a timer as a reminder, just in case you get busy with other things.
  • DO enforce a “kid-free zone” of 3-feet around cooking areas. Even a splash or steam from vegetables or gravy can cause serious burns, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
  • DO wear tighter fitting clothing with shorter sleeves while cooking to help avoid loose clothing coming into contact with an open flame or high temperature objects.
  • Are you hosting Thanksgiving at your house? After guests leave, DO designate a responsible adult to check around the home making sure that all candles and smoking or potentially harmful materials are extinguished prior to unwinding.

Travel Safety

  • If you’re among the one-third of Americans who will likely hit the road for the holidays, DO plan for potential problems. Before leaving, check for proper oil levels, a full tank of gas, proper tire pressure and plenty of windshield de-icer and ice scrapers. DON’T be reactive, be proactive and think ahead of time about what could go wrong.
  • DO check the forecast for any hazardous weather that you may encounter, and consider the condition of the roads you will travel. Be realistic about your car’s ability — and your confidence — in maneuvering through adverse weather.
  • DO plan for elevated travel times. Increased numbers of vehicles on the road partnered with potential adverse weather conditions could cause a delay in your expected arrival. Plan for this ahead of time to avoid a rush while on the roads, which could increase your chances of being involved in an accident.
  • DO avoid distractions while driving during this busy holiday season. DON’T get distracted by texting, talking on the phone or playing with the radio while driving as these distractions can cause accidents.

Countless accidents related to holiday cooking and travel can be easily avoided by paying close attention to detail and taking the extra time and precaution with remembering these holiday safety tips – stay safe and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday!

For a printable version of additional safety tips provided by NFPA, please click on the following link and print at your convenience.