Thanksgiving is a time to get together and enjoy delicious food with the ones you love most. But as with any event that involves gathering many people in one place, this holiday can present dangers of which we must be aware. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more home cooking fires happen on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year. The risk of roadway incidents is also heightened due to factors such as alcohol-impaired driving. With these statistics in mind, our Bucks County personal injury lawyer is here to share a few accident prevention guidelines for the upcoming holiday.
4 Key Reminders for a Safe Thanksgiving Celebration
- Confirm that your smoke alarms are working – Before you begin cooking your feast, you should press the “test” button on your smoke alarms to verify that they are working. This simple step will help prevent a dangerous house fire disaster.
- Place potentially dangerous items out of kids’ reach – If you’d like to get your young ones involved in the cooking process, be sure to closely supervise them at all times. Be mindful of where items are placed when children are around – make sure all hot liquids and foods, sharp utensils and appliance cords stay as far back on the counter as possible. If you prefer to keep kids out of the kitchen, you may consider putting up a child safety gate.
- Keep a clear walkway – There’s bound to be a lot of “stuff” at your Thanksgiving celebration, including jackets, coolers, bags and kids’ toys. Do your best to keep these items off the floor and out of the walkways so they do not pose a tripping hazard.
- Travel sober and alert – With everyone traveling to their holiday destinations, traffic is likely to be heavier than normal on Thanksgiving. Plus, as we’ve already mentioned, there could be people out driving after they’ve been drinking. Thus, your full attention is needed to avoid accidents. So if you’re feeling lethargic after the big meal or you’ve had a few alcoholic beverages, don’t get behind the wheel. Only drive when you are fully alert and sober.
Along with good cheer, the holiday season brings some very real dangers. Following these tips from our personal injury lawyer in Bucks County will help you keep your family out of harm’s way. For more seasonal safety advice, take a look at our guidelines for using a fire pit.
Gary Heslin: The Personal Injury Lawyer Bucks County Relies On
Hopefully, your holidays will turn out to be fun and relaxing. But in case something goes wrong and a personal injury results, you can count on Gary Heslin of the Heslin Law Firm for sound and compassionate legal guidance.
For more than three decades, Mr. Heslin has been dedicated to seeking justice for personal injury victims and their families. Should you or someone you love be injured due to negligence, he will be ready to do the same for you. If you would like to meet with our experienced Bucks County personal injury attorney for a free case evaluation, call the Heslin Law Firm today at (215) 332-0300.