thanksgiving safety

The Thanksgiving holiday brings with it many great traditions: homemade meals, football games, Thanksgiving Day parades, and time with family and friends. However, with the holiday season there also comes added safety concerns and risks. The Health and Safety Department at REGENESIS would like to offer some key safety tips to ensure that your Thanksgiving holiday is a fun and safe time for you and your family.

Follow these Thanksgiving safety tips to stay safe this holiday season:

  • When traveling:
    • Don’t post Thanksgiving travel plans on social media announcing that you will be out of town.
    • Stop all mail, newspapers, and deliveries or ask a neighbor, friend or relative to collect it for you.
    • Ask a friend to move your car occasionally if it is parked in the driveway.
    • Use timers to operate lights.
  • When cooking:
    • Never leave your food unattended while frying or grilling.
    • Do not place glass dishes or lids on the stove or burner, as the heat could cause them to explode.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling food.
    • Keep raw meat away from vegetables or other uncooked food.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home-cooking fires. REGENESIS Health and Safety Department suggests these fire-safety tips to ensure safety this Thanksgiving:

  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency and teach your family how to use it. Check the extinguisher’s expiration date.
  • Be cautious when using turkey fryers as they pose a number of distinct safety concerns, including burn and fire hazards.
  • Wear short, close fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Long, open sleeves could ignite from a gas flame or a hot burner.

REGENESIS Health and Safety Department wishes all of you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!