10 Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving

Most Americans don't think of Thanksgiving as being a particularly dangerous holiday. But the reality is, when you have a house full of people rushing around with ovens and stovetops running all day, accidents are bound to happen.

Fire, smoke, injuries and other household emergencies are extremely common on Thanksgiving Day, especially those involving children. But most of these accidents are easily preventable.

Use these tips from the National Fire Protection Association to ensure that your family can enjoy a full day of food and family, without having to call 9-1-1.

  1. Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  2. Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  3. Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay at least 3 feet away.
  4. Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. Put hot plates and cookware out of reach. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee can cause serious burns.
  5. Keep the floor clear so nobody trips over toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  6. Keep knives out of reach of children.
  7. Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  8. Keep matches and utility lighters out of reach from children. Put them up high in a locked cabinet.
  9. Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  10. Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Keep in mind, these common dangers occur entirely inside the home. Another serious Thanksgiving danger happens on the road as millions of people travel across the United States. In fact, when it comes to highway accidents, Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous holidays. So whatever your plans are for Thanksgiving this year, please be careful, take your time and always consider the safety of those around you.

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