Thanksgiving comes early this year, which means you have about five weeks before Christmas. It also means you have to prepare for family and get your turkey game on sooner.
- Thermometer – check
- Carving knife – check
- Deep fryer – ?
The popularity of that last item seems to have waned the last few years. Maybe it’s because the cooking method is responsible for about $15 million in property damage each year.
Having the fire department extinguish your turkey (or house) can really ruin a holiday.
Thanksgiving Kicks off More than the Holiday Season
Kitchen and house fires are major holiday dangers. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) calls Thanksgiving THE peak day for home cooking fires. Christmas is second.
Cooking equipment (e.g. turkey fryers) were involved in almost half of home fires. They also represents the second leading cause of deaths from these house fires. In fact, the NFPA recommends against using gas-fueled turkey fryers.
To stay safe when making this spectacular holiday mean, the NFPA recommends:
- Stay in the room or place where you are cooking
- Keep children away from the cooking area
- Keep floors clear and dry
- Make certain smoke detectors work properly
You also can download other useful information from NFPA’s website.
Kentucky risk management expert and columnist Keven Moore warns that the holiday comes with other risks. One of the most serious starts the day before the holiday, which is known as Blackout Wednesday, or Drinksgiving.
Most people don’t work on Thanksgiving and it is the first holiday many college students return home. Many bars and restaurants capitalize on the day with promotions and special events. This adds to the number of inebriated drivers on the road increases holiday driving dangers.
Moore also notes that the turkey holiday is the unofficial start of “heart attack season.” The added stress of entertaining family and friends, coupled with the tendency to overindulge in food and alcohol can pack a punch. In addition, shoveling snow for those who don’t normally physically exert themselves adds to the stress.
So, what do you do?
Feel free to browse our blog library for past posts on holiday driving and driving safety. We also have past holiday blogs that discuss safety when you are hosting guests in your home and food safety.
Additionally, we encourage you to slow down. Be mindful of your stress level and take steps to address it. You can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself first.
The holidays are a time to enjoy good food, good friends, and family. As part of our family, the Keating Agency wishes you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We also want you to remember that if a claim situation arises, we are here to help lessen your stress. Give us a call.