If you’re like many, you can’t wait for the Thanksgiving season to arrive. Crisp autumn weather, delicious food and time spent with the people you love the most are just a few reasons Thanksgiving is such a popular holiday. However, in addition to these features, Thanksgiving is also a time of the year when people can suffer serious accidents, meaning that if you’re not careful, you may spend your favorite holiday in the emergency room.
Learn about common holiday accidents and find out how you can avoid a serious injury by following a few easy Thanksgiving safety tips.
Traveling During the Holiday
It’s a fact of life that many of us live hundreds of miles away from our families, which means we’ll have to travel during the holiday season. Unfortunately, because thousands of people travel over Thanksgiving, your chances for a serious car accident will dramatically increase, so you need to be sure you’re driving as safely as possible.
Planning your trip is an important part of staying safe on the road. A few days before your trip, check the weather report and see if you will need to drive through bad weather to reach your holiday destination. If there is a forecasted storm, then you may want to adjust your driving schedule so that you can avoid the worst weather.
If you’re traveling with someone else, then you should plan on sharing the driving duties. It’s very easy to get fatigued when driving long distances, which can decrease your reaction time and make it more likely you will suffer an accident. Switching off with another driver every couple of hours should help you stay safe.
When you encounter heavy traffic or bad weather, make sure to drive very cautiously. Decreasing your speed and being extra careful while braking and turning will help you prevent a collision.
Thanksgiving Cooking Tips
After safely completing your journey, you should be sure not to let your guard down, as you can still suffer a major injury while preparing your Thanksgiving dinner. Because of the scale of the meals, cooking-related injuries are extremely common during the holiday season, meaning you need to be careful while in the kitchen.
While your dishes are cooking, you should be sure there is always someone in the kitchen. An unattended stove top is a huge risk of fire, which is why there should always be someone present while food is being prepared. However, small children should never be in the kitchen, as they may knock over food and suffer a major burn.
If you’re ready to move your food from the kitchen to the serving area, you should be wary of burns. Always carry your food using hot pads or oven mitts, and if a dish is particularly large, make sure you get help.
Lastly, keep safety equipment close at hand while cooking your meal. Charge your fire extinguisher before the holiday, and if you don’t already have one, purchase a first aid kit.
Consult a Personal Injury Attorney
While these Thanksgiving safety tips are useful, it’s possible that the will fail because of the negligent actions of another person. After you’ve suffered a holiday injury caused by another, you need to get legal advice from The Law Offices of Peter N. Davis and Associates, LLC. We provide compassionate, effective legal services to our clients, and our team would be honored to work with you. Contact us today for more information.