Thanksgiving Home Safety Tips

Thanksgiving Home Safety TipsThanksgiving offers us a time to be with our loved ones and be thankful for what we have, but all of those people under one roof present certain risks that are preventable. 

Thanksgiving is a holiday in which we spend time with our loved ones and spend some time giving thanks for all that we have, as Americans. A packed house, great food, and an entire weekend of fun activities sounds like a great time–and it can be!–but without the proper safety precautions, Thanksgiving can turn from a great holiday into a day of disaster. Here are a few Thanksgiving home safety tips you can use to keep your home, and your guests, safe.

Thanksgiving Home Safety Tips

Cooking Safety

In the average kitchen during Thanksgiving, there will be three times as much cooking than an average day. This means the kitchen will be quite hectic the morning of, and not everything will get its required oven time.

  • Turkeys can take days to completely thaw; remember that it takes 24 hours per 4-5 pounds. Be sure to plan ahead so your turkey can properly thaw before you prepare it and stick it in the oven.
  • Turkeys must reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F to be safely consumed.
  • Leftovers should be placed in the fridge 2 hours after serving.

Fire Safety

  • Kids should not be allowed in the kitchen during peak cooking hours.
  • Use oven mitts when handling hot things and leave them away from the stove when not in use as they could catch fire.
  • Never leave your stove unattended and periodically check what you left in the oven.

These home safety tips should decrease the chances of a Thanksgiving disaster, and make it a great holiday weekend. Having the right homeowners insurance policy may help you in case of any unfortunate accident. Contact the independent insurance professionals at VGW Walker Insurance for all of your Texas insurance needs.