With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding everyone about the importance of taking extra precautions to keep their friends and loved ones safe this holiday season. It is not just house fires people should be wary of, but also remember to be careful with transportation and safely preparing food for your Thanksgiving feast.
According to the NFPA, in 2017 fire departments across the country responded to at least 1,600 house calls on Thanksgiving Day and night.
The most common cause behind Thanksgiving fires (and fire-related injuries and fatalities) is unattended cooking, or when someone walks away from the stove or oven while preparing food. The second cause of home fire deaths and injuries during Thanksgiving is cooking equipment itself. Other causes include fireplaces and candles.
The National Safety Council (NSC) recommends taking the following precautions to prevent fireplace and candle-related fires:
Traveling during the holiday season can be particularly dangerous. For example, just two years ago 463 people died while traveling on Thanksgiving. Data shows that most people travel by motor vehicle during the holidays; motor vehicles are also proven to be the deadliest mode of travel based on the number of fatalities per passenger mile. Nearly one-third of holiday season driving fatalities involve a driver who is impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. Always designate a sober driver, and never get behind the wheel if you are impaired (this can include certain OTC drugs and prescription medications as well).
To prevent motor vehicle accidents on Thanksgiving, the NSC also recommends:
Safe food handling and preparation is always important. People who are not accustomed to cooking for larger groups sometimes cut corners – but unsafe food handling, which can lead to serious (and sometimes deadly) cases of food poisoning, is never a joke.
Here are some tips on safe food handling from FoodSafety.gov, which is overseen by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:
Our whole team at Galfand Berger is wishing you and your loved ones a good – and safe – Thanksgiving!
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