Thanksgiving Safety Tips

by Jeff Oetting / 23 November 2016 / No Comments

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. With that being said, we felt as if it’s a good time to inform every one of ways to stay safe during the holiday.

With lots of cooking comes the risk of accidents in the kitchen. And to your surprise, this happens a lot.

State farm compiled data from claims made on and after Thanksgiving day, and the data shows that there are many fires on this special holiday due to deep fryers. More fires than any other time of the year at that. Claims relating to grease and cooking also seems to double during this time period.

To put the icing on the cake, approximately $15 million dollars is the average amount spent on claims from deep fryer fires. The majority of these fires occur on Thanksgiving day of course, according to The National Fire Protection Association.

 

The following facts below were compiled by American Red Cross that you may want to keep in mind;

 

  • Thanksgiving is the day where cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in general
  • Fires double on Thanksgiving, which occurs more than twice as much as any other day of the year
  • More lives are claimed and more property damage is caused by house fires on Thanksgiving than on any other day

 

As you can see, this can be a very dangerous holiday. Below are tips for getting through this holiday safe and sound.

 

  • Establish “kid-free” zones while cooking in order to keep them out of harm’s way from hot grease
  • Make sure your smoke alarm is properly functioning
  • After your Thanksgiving dinner comes to an end, do a safety check and make sure all candles are blown out, and smoking materials are extinguished
  • Don’t wear loose clothing that can potentially catch fire
  • Keep anything that is capable of catching fire such as; curtains, towels, food packing, oven mittens, plastic bags, etc. away from anything that generates heat
  • Do not leave food unattended, no matter if you’re boiling it, grilling, deep frying, etc.

We believe your safety should always come first. Part of our job is to prevent insurance claims and tragic accidents from occurring. If you would like more information about staying safe this holiday season, visit https://www.usfa.fema.gov/ for more information and insights.

 

More importantly, enjoy your holiday with family and friends!

About the author:

Jeff Oetting, President of Bob Oetting & Associates has been helping families plan for their futures for the past 23 years. Jeff holds an MBA from Eastern Illinois University. In addition to working with his clients to help develop insurance strategies tailored to individuals and families, Jeff is also an instructor in the College of Business at Eastern Illinois University. He is a Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Risk Manager.

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