Thanksgiving Safety Tips to Prevent Fires & Injuries
The Thanksgiving holiday is right around the corner. For many of us, it is a tradition to spend the day with family and friends, watching parades and football games while stuffing ourselves with all of our favorite foods. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is also one of the most common days of the year for cooking fires and burn injuries. At the Anastopoulo Law Firm, protecting your well-being is our top priority. The following Thanksgiving safety tips can help you prevent common mishaps that could happen over your holiday.
Preventing Thanksgiving Fires
Between the holiday decor and food preparations involved with Thanksgiving, burn injuries are a common risk at this time of year. According to the Red Cross, more than 4,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving Day alone. Common causes and tips on how to avoid them include:
- Candles: While lighted candles give your home and Thanksgiving table a warm, inviting glow, never leave them burning unattended and use caution in using them too close to draperies or other linens.
- Fireplaces and fire pits: As temperatures dip, it is cozy and comfortable to gather everyone around a roaring fire. Avoid accelerants that could cause flames to go out of control, keep your fire contained with a water source nearby, and make sure all embers are extinguished before heading to bed.
- Cooking: While your oven and stovetop will likely work overtime today preparing the turkey and other holiday goodies, be careful of oil spills that could cause burns. Avoid long, flowing sleeves or other garments which could ignite while cooking, and keep all pot handles turned inward to prevent small hands from reaching them
Use Caution With Turkey Deep Fryers
The U.S. Fire Administration advises that Thanksgiving is one of the most common days for cooking fires, and turkey deep fryers are often to blame. While deep frying is a favorite method among southern cooks for keeping your turkey moist and tender, it is important to be aware of the potential dangers and to follow these Thanksgiving safety tips:
- Make sure the fryer you use comes from a reputable product manufacturer and read all instructions thoroughly before attempting to use
- Carefully measure out the amount of oil to avoid overfilling, and make sure the turkey you select is the appropriate size for your fryer
- Do your deep frying in a large, outdoor area and never leave the fryer unattended.
- Choose a clear, level location to avoid tip-overs
- Never put a half-frozen turkey in the fryer, as this can cause dangerous grease spatters that could result in severe burns and ignite clothing
Enjoy Your Holiday Wisely
At Anastopoulo Law Firm we want you to enjoy your holidays with these Thanksgiving safety tips in mind. When accidents and injuries do occur, contact our South Carolina product liability attorneys right away. We offer free consultations to discuss your case in Charleston and in our other locations throughout the Lowcountry and Upstate and provide the experienced legal guidance you need to protect your rights. Call (800) 313-2546 or contact us online today to see how we can help.