Hundreds of Floridians spend their Thanksgiving holiday in emergency rooms each year. In most situations, the injuries are the result of an accident. We all need to be aware of safety hazards to keep our holiday celebration safe and worry free. To keep you and your family safe during the Thanksgiving holiday, here are some basic tips:
- Remove fall-related objects that might allow access to your home.
- Don’t post Thanksgiving travel plans on Facebook, Twitter or MySpace letting people know that you will be out of town
- Turn your telephone ringer down so no one outside can hear repeated rings; and review your answering machine message to make sure it does not imply that you are away
- Make sure to have all mail, newspapers, and deliveries stopped or picked up by a neighbor, friend or relative
- Never leave a key hidden outside. Burglars know all the best hiding places
- Secure all windows.
- Have a friend move your car occasionally if it is parked in the driveway
- Use timers to operate lights
Also, according to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home-cooking fires. Use the following fire-safety tips:
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
- Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children.
- 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.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children ” up high in a locked cabinet.
- Never leave children alone in room with a lit a candle.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working.