Seven Thanksgiving Dangers and What to Do About Them

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 19-Nov-2015

Without sufficient care, Thanksgiving can go up in flames - or down in the history books as that holiday when your uncle fell off the porch and you ruptured your knee trying to help him to the car. Luckily, it's not that difficult to keep a lid on things and ensure that everyone stays safe.

An article from the Los Angeles Times offers advice on these seven holiday dangers and what to do about them:

1. Overfilled Cooking Pots. Whether you're deep-frying a turkey or boiling water for potatoes, leave room to add ingredients so your pot is no more than 2/3 full once you've finished. This helps prevent splatter from causing burns.

2. Leaving the Stove/Oven On. Do you need that burner or oven right now? If not, remember to turn it off. Stick a note on the fridge to remind yourself.

3. Cutting Corners on Food Prep. Trying to cook a frozen turkey or trusting dented cans might lead to serious food poisoning - the last thing you need on a holiday. Plan ahead for food prep safety.

4. Too Much Holiday Cheer. Drink alcohol in moderation, or volunteer as designated driver. If you're hosting, monitor drinks and put away the alcohol when you bring out coffee and dessert.

5. Picking Up the Pigskin. The American College of Emergency Physicians estimates that sports injuries spike at Thanksgiving. Make sure you're in shape for that backyard game of football before you volunteer as quarterback.

6. Fire! Keep a fire extinguisher nearby any place where fire or cooking is happening: in the kitchen, near the fireplace, outdoors if you're grilling or deep-frying for Thanksgiving.

7. All Those Other Drivers (and ice and snow and....). While you're on your way to food and friends, keep your eyes peeled for theseFall Driving Hazards.

Please get in touch with our experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to discuss what potential strategies might be available to you to obtain compensation for your damages.

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