How to Stay Safe and Happy this Thanksgiving!

Nov 4, 2021 | Personal Insurance

Thanksgiving has been an American tradition for many, many years. It is a day of celebrating the harvest and blessings of the past year. The day is celebrated with a traditional feast consisting of turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. It is celebrated every fourth Thursday of November where families gather together for Thanksgiving dinner. Aside from the United States, it is also celebrated in Canada every second Monday in October.

Family members travel across the country to celebrate this important day with their families. They gather and prepare meals together for thanksgiving dinner. According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), it is reported that there are as many as three times more fires during Thanksgiving than any other day. The reason for this is because of the fact that there are more cooks in the kitchen so to speak. Everyone is busy preparing food that the kitchen stove is working overtime. Too much heat and sometimes carelessness can result in fire. 

SAFETY TIPS

  1. Stay in the kitchen when you have something on the stove cooking. Avoid multitasking by leaving the kitchen to do something else. 
  2. Turkey takes time to cook and some people have the habit of leaving it in the oven and running some errands leaving your kitchen vulnerable. 
  3. Never leave young children in the kitchen especially if they are running around the house. 
  4. Ensure that pot holders or other flammable materials are at least 3 feet away from the stove or hot surfaces.
  5. Keep matches and kitchen lighters away from children. 
  6. Never douse water on a grease fire. Doing so will only spread the fire more. 
  7. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Make sure that you or someone around knows how to use it.
  8. Make sure that your fire alarms are connected and working. 

If you are traveling to visit family and friends, it is always a good idea to check on your vehicle thoroughly before leaving for the holidays. The National Safety Council or NSC reports that more than 400 people are more likely to die during Thanksgiving than any other holiday due to traffic collisions.  

DRIVING RISKS DURING THANKSGIVING

  1. Intoxicated Drivers

Holidays are always the best time to drink. A few sips here and there and when it is time to head home, you are already intoxicated. And when drunk drivers are in charge of driving, there is a possibility that you can get into an accident.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Make sure that you have a designated driver. Someone who doesn’t drink. If there is none, be mindful of your consumption. You should know your limits and stop if you feel you have had enough.  

  1. Speeding

After a day of fun and feasts, you will be too tired and can’t wait to get home. There will be fewer cars outside and you think that speeding a little will get you home faster. You step on the gas a little harder and speed up not realizing that there may be a car heading your way or someone is crossing the street and you can’t press on the brakes in time, 

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Rest before you start heading home. It is wise to get a little snooze before you leave to stay alert on the road. Chances are, everybody will be asleep in the car. Turn on your radio, relax and follow the speed limit. 

  1. Texting While Driving

Any distraction while driving is another sure way to get into an accident. Texting is number one on the list. There have been many accidents caused by a few seconds of distraction. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO: If you need to text or reply to someone, ask your passenger to do it for you. If there is no one with you, you can stop on the side road, send your text before you start driving again. If stopping is not an option, don’t text. 

  1. Unbuckled Driver and Passengers

The problem with being in a car is you will never know when you will get into an accident. A lot of people have been saved just because they buckle their seatbelts properly. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Make sure that you are buckled properly before you start driving. If you have small children, make sure that they are in their car seats with their seatbelts on. 

  1. Bad Weather

Rain, sleet, and snow over Thanksgiving are common in some states. Driving during this time is more dangerous because of visibility and slippery roads.  

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Wait until the weather clears before you start heading home. If you can stay at the place you’re at, spend the night and head home the next day or until the road is safer for driving. 

Fire and car accidents are not the only unfortunate incidents that happen during Thanksgiving. There are more reasons to stay alert during this holiday. Here are some more mishaps that can happen. 

SPORTS INJURIES

Playing around during Thanksgiving is another way people are admitted to emergency rooms. Playing baseball, basketball, and football in the backyard are accident-prone activities during get-togethers. Studies show that finger and knee injury is the most common for 25 to 40-year-old men. 

To avoid a trip to the emergency room or reduce the risk of injury, you need to:

  1. Wear the right gear. Even if you are just playing in the backyard, it is important that you have the right equipment to protect you. 
  2. Avoid unsafe areas. Make sure that your backyard is well lit and clear of any debris and clutter that can get in the way during playtime.
  3. Do not play if you are already injured. Sports-related activities can add pressure to your pain and cause more harm than good.

SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS

Crowded shopping centers are potential hazards during Thanksgiving weekend, especially on Black Friday. More crowds mean busier employees. Spills and debris are not likely to be cleaned up as quickly as they should and slipping or falling can cause serious injuries. 

To avoid accidents during your shopping spree, be mindful of the crowd. Steer clear of supermarkets and stores that are overcrowded. Choose shops that have more than an adequate number of employees and have a first aid team on the grounds. Plan your shopping. Get what you need and leave Immediately. Window shopping can be set on another day. 

OVER FATIGUE

The excitement caused by the Thanksgiving holiday can make a person stressed out. A lot of things happened during this time and it is common that you will spread yourself too thin to make sure that your day of thanks will be perfect. You make a list, check it twice, and go around buying and preparing everything you need. 

However, it is important that you keep your sanity intact to be able to enjoy it as well during the holiday. Make sure that you assign chores and grocery shopping if possible. Take a rest every now and then to keep your strength up. You can do things together as a family and enjoy the feast without the stress associated with it. 

VACATIONING DURING THANKSGIVING

Not everyone enjoys the preparation that goes with celebrating Thanksgiving. Others opt to just go to the beach, travel out of state, or go on a cruise. These out-of-home trips are good and enjoyable but not without risks as well. 

To ensure a safe and enjoyable vacation, you can do the following:

1. At the Beach

  • Follow rules and regulations at the beach. 
  • Avoid drinking alcohol too much if you plan to swim
  • Know where the lifeguard stations are located
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • If you have children with you, know where they are at all times
  • Have a designated spot in case someone gets lost

2. Overseas Travel 

  • Learn about the state or country of your destination
  • Make an itinerary and learn about the area where you plan to visit
  • Keep copies of important documents 
  • Book a decent hotel or vacation house and ensure that all your companions have the address with them at all times 
  • Avoid seedy and high traffic areas
  • Never go with strangers anywhere. 
  • Avoid traveling at night if you are unsure of the area
  • Always lock your doors and check where fire exits are situated
  • Bring your travel insurance details with you at all times

3. Cruise

  • Attend the safety drill and listen to instructions
  • Avoid bringing too much cash. Pre-pay everything if you can. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Know where safety exits are and avoid too much crowd. Make sure your cabin is equipped with life jackets 
  • Avoid too much alcohol
  • Stay hydrated
  • Wear proper outfits and footwear 
  • Stay vigilant and avoid accident-prone areas

Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude. It is celebrated for a purpose. It is also a time to be with family and friends to celebrate a fruitful year. The food preparations, gathering at the dinner table, or even traveling for a vacation during this time is best with your loved ones around. 

To ensure that you are all safe and happy during Thanksgiving, always be alert and steer clear of accidents and injuries by being cautious, vigilant, and guarded every time. Be safe and enjoy the holidays!