- United Staff
- Nov 23, 2016
Safety Tips: Thanksgiving
Did You Know? More than 13 million Americans will travel to spend the holiday season with friends and family. This will leave homes empty for opportunistic burglars.
Additionally, for both those traveling or staying home: Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment, with three times the average number throughout the year.
Follow these important Thanksgiving Safety Tips to ensure your family is safe this holiday season!
Happy Thanksgiving from United Services Group to all our co-workers, friends, family, and customers! We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Thanksgiving Fire Safety Practices and Tips:
- Be sure to keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency. Additionally, make sure family members know how to use it, in case of emergency.
- Be cautious when using turkey fryers as they pose a number of distinct safety concerns, including burns and fire hazards.
- Never wear loose fitting clothing when cooking. Long, open sleeves could ignite and catch fire from a gas flame or oven burner. Wear short, close fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
Safe Traveling Practices and Safety Tips:
- Remove objects that might allow access to your home (Ladders, etc.)
- Do not post Thanksgiving travel plans publically on social media letting people know that you will be out of town and that your home is empty.
- Turn your telephone ringer down or off to prevent repeated rings to be heard outside of the home.
- Make sure to have all mail, newspaper, and deliveries stopped or picked by a neighbor, friend, or relative.
- Never leave a key hidden outside. Burglars know all the best hiding places.
- Secure all windows in the home, cut back any trees giving access to second story windows.
- Use timers to operate your lights while you are gone.
- Have a neighbor keep an eye out on your home for any suspicious activity.
- Before leaving on your trip, make sure all doors, including garage doors, are secure and locked.