Have a Safe Thanksgiving

Posted on November 23, 2011


As we look forward to Thanksgiving, I would like to share some key safety measures to help you have a safe Thanksgiving.

Traveling -Thanksgiving creates most traffic and road congestion than any other holiday. As you travel to spend this vacation with family and friends, make sure to drive safely. Be alert: If you are driving a far distance try to coordinate driving with someone else so that you can take turns at the wheel. If this is not possible, take breaks at rest stops when you grow tired.  

Also make sure not to get distracted by children it the back seat. If you are at the wheel and you childrenare misbehaving do not turn around and reprimand them; pull over where you can and then figure out what is going on. Trying to interact with children while driving is very dangerous and puts everyone in the vehicle at risk.

Cooking- Make sure you have a working fire alarm near the kitchen to warn you in case of a kitchen fire. When cooking make sure to watch whatever is on the stove, and in the oven.  Be careful not to leave oven mitts, towels, and paper towel next to the stove to help prevent fires. 

In case of a kitchen fire, here are instructions showing how to put out a grease fire.

  1. Place a metal lid over the flame. Do not use glass since the heat from the fire can cause it to break.
  2. Smother the fire with a liberal amount of baking soda if it is relatively small and contained. Try finding a lid if possible. Because it requires so much baking soda to extinguish a fire, a lid is faster and generally more effective than baking soda.
  3. Spray the fire with a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher. Use this method if it is your only option, because it will ruin food and contaminate kitchen dishes and utensils.
  4. Use a Class K wet chemical fire extinguisher if it is available. Though more effective for extinguishing large grease fires, these are generally found only in commercial settings.
  5. Call 911 immediately if the fire is not quickly extinguished or if it grows too large to be controlled.
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