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Most of us see Thanksgiving day as a time for joy. Making memories is the only thing on our to-do list while we kick off the holiday season with good food and family. However, believe it or not, Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous days of the year for those that host it. With all that cooking, socializing, and drinking (sometimes too much!) happening in the same place, tragic accidents occur every year on this otherwise great holiday. Keep reading to learn more about how to protect your apartment or rental home when the festivities start.
Prevent Cooking Fires
Nothing stops the festivities cold turkey like a fire. Unsurprisingly, cooking is the leading cause of home and apartment fires on Thanksgiving. Make sure you don’t leave cooking food unattended. If you’re frying a turkey, first make sure your complex allows it. Then make sure to keep the fryer outdoors and away from all structures that can catch on fire. Ask your apartment manager to check your smoke alarms beforehand to ensure that they’re in good working condition in case a fire does break out, know where your fire extinguishers are, and keep baking soda close by to nip flames in the bud.
Diminish the Risk of Injury
Of course, burns are a likelihood on Thanksgiving, but the chances of a scald or burn can be reduced by refraining from wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking, and keeping children at least 3 feet away from the stove at all times.
Also be cautious of which family member gets to wield the large carving knife, even if they swear they’re the man or woman for the job! Remain aware of who has been drinking, and be prepared to discreetly reduce the flow of alcohol if it appears that some folks have had more than their share. These may sound like obvious warnings, but knife and alcohol-related accidents are two of the biggest reasons for emergency room visits on Thanksgiving!
Secure Your Doors and Windows
Hosts aren’t the only ones who need to watch out for their homes on Thanksgiving. Break-ins always increase around the holidays because burglars know that people are less likely to be home. If you have to travel for Thanksgiving, especially if you’re gone for several days, be sure to set your burglar alarm if you have it, put lights on timers, and let the apartment staff and trustworthy neighbors know when you’ll return so they can report any suspicious activity to the police.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Remember, Thanksgiving is a day to enjoy. Remain vigilant of safety concerns but don’t forget to have fun with it!