Thanksgiving is the most popular holidays of the year. People like it for all the great food made from traditional family restaurants. They also like it because they spend time with their family and friends. With all the traveling and family gatherings, insurance claims will undoubtedly rise during Thanksgiving.
Always be aware of what is going on in your kitchen. You will cook a lot, so your stove and oven will be hot. Having a fire extinguisher on hand is important during your Thanksgiving dinner preparations. Limit the number of people in the kitchen at one time. Always ensure all the handles of your pots and pans are turned toward the center of your stove so they won’t get bumped or pulled off the stove. It’s also a good idea to keep little kids out of the kitchen while cooking.
If you plan on deep frying or grilling steaks, pull your fryer and grill far away from your home or garage to prevent a fire hazard. Having them or other flammable materials too close to your home can lead to disaster. Protect your family and home safe from fire hazards by moving them a few feet away from your home, garage, or other structures.
Poultry is one of the most dangerous foods in your kitchen because of the bacteria it contains. After preparing your turkey or chicken, wash your surfaces, utensils, and hands carefully to ensure you do not ingest any bacteria. Before serving your turkey, ensure it is fully cooked and has an appropriate internal temperature of at least 180 degrees F. in the thigh or 170 degrees F. in the breast. Before preparing other foods, clean and sanitize the area and the utensils you will use.
While in the kitchen preparing Thanksgiving dinner, you will need to use a sharp knife at some point. Always keep sharp knives at the back of the counter so children can’t reach up and grab them. It’s also a good idea to wash your sharp knives separately to avoid grabbing a knife underwater. Clean your knives as soon as you are finished and put them away to reduce your risk of getting cut.
The best way to keep your guests from having an accident is to ensure all walkways are cleared and all types of clutter are picked up. Make sure everything is put in place. We all have areas of our homes that end up being a “catch-all.” Go through the clutter in these areas and make sure everything is either put away, thrown away, or donated.
Many people leave their home and travel to where their family lives to celebrate Thanksgiving. This often means their home is vulnerable in many ways. Instead of just locking your doors, install a home security system with a few video cameras. DIY systems are easily monitored by using an app downloaded to your phone. The app lets you see and communicate with anyone inside your home or at the front door.
It’s also a good idea to designate parking spaces. This ensures that everyone has a parking spot and can get into and out of their spots without causing an accident.
The agents at Abatelli Insurance Group Inc. would like to offer all of our current and future clients a very happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!
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