Thanksgiving is just around the corner. YES!!!! It is my favorite day of the year.
Football, turkey, stuffing and gravy, football, turkey, dessert, football and dessert (not always in that order).
DOES IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT????
However……..a little parade rain:
Did you know that Thanksgiving Day has more than double the number of home cooking fires than an average day? It is true. Each year, more than 4,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving Day. With all of the excitement and overindulgence, here are a few tips that can keep you and your loved ones safe:
Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and related injuries.
Safety tips to follow:
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the cooking area.
- Clean all cooking surfaces to prevent grease buildup.
- Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food. Turn burners off if leaving the kitchen.
- Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby. Use it to cover the pan if it catches on fire.
- Place turkey fryers outside and away from the house, deck and garage.
- Keep potholders and food wrappers at least three feet away from heat sources while cooking
- Set timers to keep track of turkeys and other food items that require extended cooking times
- Follow all manufacturer guidelines regarding the appropriate use of appliances
- Turn handles of pots and pans on the stove inward to avoid accidents
Keep a fire extinguisher close. Check to make sure before the big day that it is current and charged.
Vehicles should be in good working order before heading out. Things to remember:
• Pack emergency supplies like blankets, water and snacks, flashlight and first aid kit.
• Fill the fuel tank, check air pressure in tires and top-off windshield fluid.
• Buckle up and obey all traffic signs.
• Avoid distractions while driving like using mobile phones to talk or text.
• Designate a driver who won’t be drinking whenever alcohol is served.
Try to be careful about driving immediately after the big meal. A full stomach can cause sleepy eyes, and drowsy driving is dangerous.
Thanksgiving is one of the best family and friends days of the year. There is a lot of travel before and after the big day, and more cars on the highway.
Give yourself a little more time to get to where you are going, and stay aware of the cars around you. Safety is the REAL key to a fun and happy holiday.
HAVE A GREAT THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!!!!