What a year! With Thanksgiving just a day away it means that we’ve almost scraped through this insane year. While this holiday may look a little different then years past, it is still a moment for us to give thanks for the things that we do have.
If you’ve been put in charge of cooking, then you know just how stressful Thanksgiving can be. With a year like 2020, there is no need for to add any more to our plates (unless it’s extra turkey.) Here’s a couple of tips to keep that stress level to a minimum and help you enjoy this Thanksgiving to the fullest.
Home Fires Happen on Thanksgiving more than any other day – Before you break out the cookbook, double check that your stove and oven have been cleaned. Built up grease can easily start a fire at the most inopportune time, and make sure you are following the directions when deep frying that turkey.
Thanksgiving is typically the most popular holiday for travel in the country. – While this year may be the exception, during high travel periods the chance for accidents to happen are at an all-time high. Pay attention while driving, don’t text, and try not to get too caught up in the moment when “Let It Go” comes on from the DVD playing for your kids in the back.
Accidents Tend to Happen – Keep in mind you are responsible for any guests in your home for any period. Make guest aware of any slippery surfaces and that you’ve removed any hazardous situations like that annoying rug that constantly gets out of sorts. Check floor lips and make sure there’s nothing that is out of sorts. The last thing you want is a hospital stay for three days with Great Aunt Lola.
Stereotypes with Turkey Fryers are stereotypes for a reason. –
Is fried turkey good? Yes! Is frying turkey dangerous? Double yes! Practice common sense when deep frying turkeys. Keep kids and pets away; setup the burner and pot outside and well away from your home and other structures; keep water away from the pot to avoid splattering; use oven mitts/gloves; keep constant watch on the fryer, don’t leave it unattended. Deep fried turkey is good; avoiding injury and the destruction of property is even better.
Fire Extinguishers are our friend – Keep one on hand throughout the day. Minor damage is always better than major damage.
Check your alarms – It doesn’t hurt to check then double check to ensure that they are working properly. Replace any that may be outdated or that have stopped working.
From our ECI Insurance family to yours we hope you have a day full of gratitude and a Happy Thanksgiving!