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Safety Tips You Should Know for this Thanksgiving

Whether you are staying at home cooking for your family or you plan to travel this Thanksgiving Holiday, The Ken Nunn Law Office wishes you a very Happy Thanksgiving. We also wish you a safe holiday. With that in mind, below are several Thanksgiving Safety tips for you to keep in mind as you share the holiday with friends and family.

Thanksgiving Cooking

It doesn’t matter if you are cooking a ham, turkey, or lasagna, the important thing to remember is the joy of spending time with family and friends. To keep the holiday safe, you should also remember these cooking safety tips:

  • Avoid accessories that dangle and loose clothing when cooking. Just before dinner is served, change into your finest holiday attire.
  • Never leave food unattended while you are grilling or frying.
  • Make sure you use a meat thermometer to ensure meats are cooked to the proper temperature.
  • Do not try to put out a grease fire with water. Turn off the burner and use a fire extinguisher or baking soda to douse the fire.
  • Every kitchen should have a fire extinguisher.
  • Unplug small appliances that you are not using and put them away to make more room and avoid accidents.
  • Always thaw meat in the refrigerator, not on the counter or in the sink.
  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap after handling food. Never use the same cooking utensils with different foods.
  • Clean the counter often, especially when handling raw food and uncooked meat.
  • Refrigerate leftovers within two hours after being served, place a date on the container, and eat within three days.

For more holiday cooking tips, you can visit websites for the American Red Cross and FoodSafety.gov.

Traveling Safety Tips

If you and your family will be traveling by car during Thanksgiving, a few tips to keep in mind include:

  • Travel light whenever possible. The less baggage you take with you, the less you need to keep up with and unpack when you return home.
  • Fill up your tank with fuel and keep a close eye on the fuel gauge. Don’t allow the gas tank to go below a quarter full just in case you cannot find a gas station for a few miles. Also, check all fluids each time you stop to refuel.
  • Take breaks to stretch and relax. Driving long hours can make you tired, drowsy, and inattentive.
  • Beware of heavy and congested traffic. Be prepared to drive slower and deal with traffic jams along your route.
  • Don’t drive while distracted. Allow other passengers to handle the GPS, cell phone, and other electronic devices so that you can focus on the road.
  • Never drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Don’t drive when you are fatigued or drowsy.
  • Always wear your seatbelt and ensure children are secured in a child safety seat designed for their weight, age, and height.
  • Make sure that you pack blankets, water, food, first aid kit, and emergency roadside kit in case you are stranded.

For more tips for holiday road trips, visit the AAA Exchange website.

Black Friday Safety Tips

If you plan to join the crowds on Black Friday, you should keep in mind that traffic and crowds will be extremely heavy. Be prepared for traffic jams and long lines. Drive slower, remain alert, and only park in safe areas. Be extremely cautious when driving in parking lots — watch for pedestrians, especially children, and vehicles backing out.

If you are going out before or after dark, try to shop with friends. Store packages and other items in the trunk of your vehicle so you don’t attract thieves. Keep your wallet, cell phone, and other personal items close to your body and not in a shopping cart. Listen to your senses! If you feel uneasy, go alert management immediately.

Happy Thanksgiving from The Ken Nunn Law Office

We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving holiday. If you need our attorneys during the holiday season, please call 1-800-CALL-KEN or 1-800-225-5536 to speak with a Bloomington personal injury attorney. You can also use the Live Chat feature on our website to request additional information.

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