Thanksgiving Safety Tips

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Have a Safe Thanksgiving



Sample message:

"[Agency Name] wishes you a safe Thanksgiving. The holiday season is known for being merry and bright, but it is also known for being the deadliest season when it comes to impaired driving. Every holiday season, lives are lost due to impaired drivers. #Don'tDrinkandDrive"

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration & Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Safe Cooking



Sample message:

"Top 10 safety tips:
1. Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
2. Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
3. Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
4. Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
5. Keep knives out of the reach of children.
6. Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
7. Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
8. Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
9. Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
10. Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Source: US Fire Administration and NFPA

Be Safe When Frying a Turkey



Sample message:

"[Agency Name] reminding you to be safe if you are frying a turkey this Thanksgiving."

Source: US Fire Administration

When You Fry a Turkey



Sample message:

"Five Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey:
- Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot oil across a large area.
- An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill over when the turkey is placed inside.
- A partially frozen turkey will cause hot oil to splatter.
- Turkey fryers can easily overheat and start a fire.
- The pot, lid and handles of a turkey fryer can get dangerously hot and cause burn injuries.

Source: Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department and IAFF

Focus on the Food



Sample message:

"Thanksgiving fire facts:
- Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires with more than three times the daily average for such incidents. Christmas Day and Christmas Eve ranked second and third, with both having nearly twice the daily average.
- In 2019, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,400 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.
- Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
Cooking caused half (49%) of all reported home fires and more than two of every five (42%) home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths (20%) in 2015-2019.

Source: NFPA

Don't Post Your Plans on Social Media



Sample message:
Don’t announce your upcoming travel plans on social media, and wait to post photos until after you return home. Even if you trust your friends, many times their friends and friends of friends can all see your information, too. You don’t want to give a thief an invitation to your home.

Additional home safety tips before you leave for vacation:

-Lock your doors, including the garage door. Unlocked doors are open invitations to intruders.

-Ask a trusted family member, friend, or neighbor to keep a watchful eye on your home or have your mail held at the local post office until your return.

-Put lights on timers to give the impression that someone is home."

Source: National Crime Prevention Council

4 Ways to Protect Packages



Sample message:

"[Agency Name] wishes you a safe Thanksgiving. Remember these safety tips to help prevent package theft this holiday season."

Source: United States Postal Service

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