Thanksgiving is coming up! That means possibly the best meal you’re going to eat all year. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and all those assorted mixed-vegetable casseroles that nobody eats but show up every year. It also means fun and family and warmth. Unfortunately, for many people, it also means accidents and tragedy.
As one of the busiest travel times of the year, Thanksgiving sees many accidents on the roadways. It’s also a time when a lot of fires and accidents occur in the kitchen. These incidents cost millions in damage, and more in personal cost and most could be avoided with a few extra safety precautions. Let’s look at some travel tips and kitchen cooking practices to ensure that your Thanksgiving safety is at its peak, and everyone has a great time this holiday.
When considering your Thanksgiving safety plans, there are two areas to keep in mind: travel and home. There are tons of accidents every year as the highways get crowded with travelers. Likewise, with almost everyone cooking a huge meal, there’s ample opportunity for tragedy to strike in the kitchen, from personal injuries to house fires.
Staying Safe on the Roads
Staying safe on the roads is a combination of preparation and patience. First, before you go make sure you secure everything in the car. A lot of accidents occur because the driver reaches for something that falls off the seat or otherwise tumbles around the cabin. Second, make sure your windshield and lights are freshly washed. Get the windshield inside and out. This will improve your visibility, and the ability of other drivers to see you.
On the roads, just take it slow and easy. Give plenty of room between you and other drivers and keep a calm and clear head. If you’re making a long drive, make frequent stops and consider switching drivers. No matter how slow you seem to be going, remember that it’s better to be late than to have an accident and just not make it at all.
Staying Safe in the Kitchen
Kitchen fires are the cause of hundreds of accidents every year. When you’re in the kitchen, use all the common sense you’ve got and then some. Don’t wear dangly jewelry or loose-fitting clothing around open flames. Never leave a stove unattended if it’s lit. If you’re using the oven, check food regularly. Keep kids and pets out of the cooking area.
Use a timer to remind you to shut off the appliances when it’s time. Keep anything remotely flammable away from heat sources. This includes your wooden spoons and other wooden utensils, and your oven mitts and pot holders. When you leave the house or go to bed, double check that everything’s off. Finally, and this can’t be understated, get a fire extinguisher and keep it handy.
When You Get Hurt in an Accident
Sometimes, you’re completely careful, but someone else is reckless and they cause you to get hurt. If this happens, you can collect compensation for your damages, and the Stewart Bell Injury Lawyers can help. We are the Charleston personal injury lawyers you can trust in your corner. Contact us for a free case discussion today.