Thanksgiving is right around the corner and, for many of us, this year things will look a little different. Perhaps you’re not able to see your loved ones this year so there will be fewer seats around the table. Perhaps you’re not able to go away on that vacation. Whatever your plans, it is important to ensure the safety of those around you. If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year, safety should be your number one priority. A little preparation can go a long way in preventing disasters and injuries.
In addition to keeping these Thanksgiving safety tips for homeowners in mind, be sure you have the right Texas homeowners insurance in place beforehand. Your insurance can help step in if the worst should happen over the celebration.
Thanksgiving Safety Tips
Be careful with water. Make sure you keep electrical appliances away from water, since water and electricity are a deadly duo. Make it a priority to keep your hands dry while using electrical equipment in the kitchen, too. This will help to avoid accidents such as burns and shocks.
Watch the kids. Kids have curious minds, and if there are going to be a couple of youngsters at your Thanksgiving celebration, you can be sure that they will be interested in what’s going on. Take care of the kids by placing candles out of reach and keeping the children out of the kitchen. Ensure there are no children or pet toys in the kitchen before you begin cooking.
Sharpen your knives. Did you know that a dull knife is more dangerous than sharp ones? This is because dull knives require more movement and force to cut food, which could lead to cuts and injuries. If you overlook the importance of sharp knives, it could be only a matter of time before an accident occurs. Sharpen the knives in your kitchen before cooking to make things easier.
Use a timer. When you’re entertaining and cooking, you can lose track of time quite easily. A timer can immensely benefit you and help improve kitchen safety during the holidays. Simply use it to keep track of how long you have things in the oven or on the stove.
Consider your attire. Avoid wearing long sleeves or loose clothing while cooking as these could easily catch fire or get in the way. If needed, you can change into your Thanksgiving outfit before sitting down to eat.
Be fire conscious. Test your smoke detectors at the start of the day, before you start using the kitchen. Replace the batteries if needed. If possible, get a fire extinguisher for the kitchen in case the worst happens.
Don’t rush. Unless you’re a professional cook, hurrying to get everything done in the kitchen is a recipe for disaster. Plan the meal ahead of time and leave yourself plenty of time to get things done. Take your time when moving pots and pans, and cut food patiently without rushing.
We hope that these tips help you and your family have a safe Thanksgiving celebration. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.
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