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Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

Now that Thanksgiving is upon us, it’s important for all of us to remember some basic ideas to have a safe and happy holiday.  Below are some tips to ensure that you have the best holiday and post-holiday experience ever!

Deep Fried Turkey Safety Tips

We know everyone likes a good, moist turkey.  We also understand that you don’t want to spend all day cooking it either.  But, before you deep fry that turkey, be sure that you are set up for a successful cooking endeavor.  Here are a few tips to keep you, your home and your family safe from flare ups.

Set up your fryer away from your house and garage on a flat surface. 

Hot oil splatters.  The last place you want it to splatter is on any part of your home or any other structure on your property.  Be sure to be a good distance from your home, deck, garage, shed, and any trees or shrubs.  Also, be sure that the surface you place your fryer on is level. A vat of hot oil falling over in the middle of cooking is never a good thing.

Make sure your turkey is thawed and dry!

The first and best thing to remember about oil and water is that they don’t mix well.  Make sure that your turkey is completely thawed and has been thoroughly dried.  Water in the oil can cause a large amount of bubbling and can lead to a fire.

Be prepared.

In the event that oil does ignite, have a fire extinguisher ready!

Thanksgiving Kitchen Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is a peak day for home cooking fires.  Be on your guard and make sure you don’t start one in your own home.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended.
  • Keep towels away from burners.
  • Keep children away from the stove.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Keep pets out of the kitchen.
  • Make sure your fire alarms are working.

Black Friday Safety Tips

Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. To keep yourself safe during your post-Thanksgiving excursion, here are a few tips.

Shop in stores where you know there is a security presence.

Some stores will hire extra security guards during Black Friday to ensure the safety of their patrons.  If a store doesn’t have extra security, your safety may be at risk.

Protect yourself from pickpockets and purse snatchers.

Take only the debit and credit cards you know you will need, along with your license and some cash.  Leave your purse at home and keep the items above in your front pockets.  If you absolutely have to bring a purse, be sure that it’s small and can be placed over your shoulder and across your body.

Let your family know where you are going.

Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and let someone know where you are throughout the day.

Save your receipts!

Hold on to the receipts and make sure that everything matches on your credit card statements.  This will help in monitoring suspicious activity.

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