Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Homeowners
Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy a great feast with your loved ones and recognize all that you have to be thankful for. For most Americans, this holiday is an enjoyable opportunity to relax and have fun. This year, however, our Thanksgivings may look a little different. Perhaps your plans to go away have been canceled or you’re unable to see loved ones over the holiday. Either way, now is the time to come together with friends and family who you can see and give thanks for the good you can find in this year.
While your thoughts may be on the Thanksgiving traffic you’ll have to face or the table of good food, there are some important safety tips to remember over the season.
While at Home
If you’re staying at home, chances are there will be cooking involved. According to the National Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the number one day for home-cooking fires. Here are some ways to stay safe over the holidays.
- Install smoke alarms (or check the ones you have installed already)
- Remove fire hazards around the stove such as wooden utensils and oven mitts
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen
- Keep all pets and children out of the kitchen while cooking and cleaning up
- Never leave the stove unattended
- Keep an eye on alcohol consumption. Ensure that no one drives home drunk.
If you’re traveling over the holidays, you’ll want to ensure that your home is safe while you’re away.
- Install a home security system
- Don’t post your travel plans on social media sites
- Set timers on lights so that it looks like someone is home in the evening
- Turn your telephone ringer down so that no one can hear it go unanswered
- Never leave a hidden key outside
- Ask a neighbor to check in on your house or alert the police if they spot suspicious activity