We all look forward to Thanksgiving and the joy and companionship of family and friends. Food, drinks and forgotten diets are all a part of the ethos of Thanksgiving.

While diets may be forgotten and indulgence celebrated, one aspect we should always keep in mind is safety. Unfortunately, year after year people and many children are injured. Awareness of possible safety hazards is the difference between a good time and a visit to the emergency room.

The National Fire Protection Association has several excellent tips to keep you and your loved ones safe during this time. Some of them are

  • When cooking stay in the kitchen. Do not leave unattended items on the stove.
  • Turkeys take time to cook – do not leave it in the oven to run errands.
  • Keep children out of the kitchen – hot food, hot liquids, sharp knives and children do not mix.
  • Keep matches out of the reach of children
  • If an appliance has a frayed cord – junk it. The cost of replacement is far cheaper than fire damage.
  • Caution adults not to leave alcoholic drinks within reach of children. Keep a solution of IPACAC handy in case vomiting has to be induced. Keep the number of the Poison Control Center handy.
  • If there are lighted candles, never leave children alone in the same room.
  • Make sure all fire alarms are working and fire extinguishers are fully charged.


There are many more tips. I urge you to check this site out http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/holidays/thanksgiving-safety

Enjoy the holidays but be mindful of safety. Happy Thanksgiving!

Keep Thanksgiving Safe