Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

DF SafetyHealth and Safety Tips

Happy Thanksgiving from the team at DF Safety! We hope everyone celebrating is enjoying time together with family and friends. For most, this holiday weekend likely means gathering with those who mean the most and indulging in delicious food and wonderful company. 

Today, we want to discuss a few safety tips to consider as you dig into your feast of turkey and mashed potatoes.  

Stay alert  

When it comes to the kitchen, where most of the action happens during the holidays, be aware of your surroundings. Keep hot pots out of the reach of children, don’t leave cooking unattended for extended amounts of time, and keep flammable items away from the stove.  

Every year, “anywhere from 3 to 4 times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day as on a typical day, making it by far the leading day of the year for home cooking fires.” 

If you are using fresh flowers for your centerpiece, and want to add ambiance with candles, ensure there is ample space between the two. You can also consider battery operated candles or twinkle lights as a safe, and equally aesthetic, alternative.  

Also be diligent regarding your fur friends and family! While it might be tempting to give your dog a treat of a turkey or chicken bone, it is best to avoid sharing as they can be a choking hazard. Be cautious with anything that contains onions, garlic, grapes, and chocolate and be sure to keep these foods away from your four-legged friends. 

Watch sharp objects  

While cooking, whether it be cutting up ingredients or carving the turkey, always make sure you keep knives out of the reach of little hands. Ensure you use care and caution to avoid an unwanted trip to the emergency room. It is also a good idea to tidy up your kitchen as you go along, placing knives back in the drawer or butcher block where they belong.   

Stay tidy  

Along with cleaning up your cooking area as you go, avoid extra clutter. Your guests certainly don’t expect your home to be immaculate. However, if you are entertaining a large group of people, it is a good idea to ensure paths are clear, and people can get around your home easily without tripping and falling.   

We have been having a beautiful fall so far, and we hope that continues! However, if there does happen to be snow on the ground, clear your sidewalks and driveway.  

Secure your home  

If you are travelling, keep your home safe. Make sure all your doors and windows are locked and your security system is armed. Ask a neighbour, or friend, to keep an eye on your home and check it periodically if you will be gone for an extended amount of time. Using timers on your lights is also a great idea, so your home isn’t left in the dark while you are gone.   

We want you and yours to fully enjoy your Thanksgiving festivities! While safety might not be top of mind, putting these few tips into action will help everyone have a fantastic celebration.