Safety tips are helpful points of information during many parts of life. The holidays are a fun time for everyone, but they are often the busiest time of the year. As families gather for holiday parties, Thanksgiving traditions, and quality time, it is important to ensure you keep your loved ones safe during the holiday season. While you don’t want to experience an emergency at any time of the year, you especially don’t want to experience one during the holiday. Let the holidays be an enjoyable time for your family when you follow these important safety tips.

Safety Tips for the Kitchen

One of the most common places that emergencies occur during the holidays is the kitchen. With all the cooking, preparing, and serving that goes on as you gather for family meals during the holidays, it’s no surprise the kitchen is a dangerous spot. That’s if you don’t follow the right safety steps to keep your family injury free this Thanksgiving. Since kids love to be involved with holiday food preparations, take special precautions to ensure their safety. Here are some important steps to take before you put gather to prepare the turkey this Thanksgiving.

  • Do not leave the kitchen unattended while food is cooking on the stovetop. Keep your eye on the food to make sure nothing boils over, causing a fire.
  • Never leave your home when the turkey is cooking. Check on it frequently. This will not one ensure there are no emergencies in your home, it will keep you from overcooking the center of your Thanksgiving meal.
  • Keep children away from the stove. Since most of the stove is used during Thanksgiving meal preparation, the stove is often very hot. It takes seconds for children to reach up and get burned. A safe distance for children is always 3 feet from any hot stove.
  • In addition to the stove, keep children away from hot foods and liquids. Boiling water can spill over when cooking and cause serious burns to anyone who is too close.
  • Keep your floors clear. Talk to family members who aren’t cooking to keep an eye on your kitchen floor and the walking area to your table. You don’t want to trip over toys, bags, or jackets on your way to the table with hot food.
  • It might seem like common sense, but sometimes we get very involved in what we are doing and forget to follow the easiest safety tips. Keep knives out of reach of children.
  • Check all electrical cords to make sure they are not within reach of young children. Electric knives, hot plates, and coffee machines can lead to serious injury if a young child pulls them down by means of the electrical cord.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
  • Do not leave children alone in a room with a hot stove or lit candles.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them before you begin to cook your dinner.

Safety Tips for the Road

In addition to the kitchen, the road is often a place of injury during the holidays. Here are some important safety tips to avoid emergencies during holiday travels.

  • Check your vehicle before you travel. Be sure that the lights, brakes, and windshield wipers are operating as they should be. Have a professional check your battery, car fluids, oil, and tires before you take off to the family gathering.
  • Plan your route in advance. Check for dangerous weather conditions. Have extra means of finding your way, like a backup GPS or a paper road map.
  • Follow the speed limits closely. If the weather is unfavorable, be sure to take extra precautions to avoid an accident. Drive defensively and choose to simply stay away from drivers who are operating their vehicle erratically.
  • Get a good night’s sleep the day before. One of the worst things you can do is get on the road with little sleep. Take breaks when needed, and pull over if you are tired.
  • Remain calm and relaxed. Too much stress can lead to aggressive driving and poor decisions. Focus on the positive and enjoy your trip. If you see agitated drivers, avoid them at all costs, even if you must pull off the road to let them get ahead of you.

The holidays are a time of year that many families enjoy. Focus on these easy to follow safety tips to ensure your family avoids emergency this holiday season.