4 Practical Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Homeowners

Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy with your friends and family, gathering around a feast of your favorite foods, making memories, and it is all about celebrating life. Enjoying these special times is your main priority, but you should also take precautions to protect your guests from accidents or injuries that could ruin your good times.

Keep Your Home Secure

During the holidays, many people travel to visit family and friends. If you plan on traveling this year, make sure to secure your home so that it is not an easy target for burglars. Install a home security system or add a few exterior lights that have motion detectors. Better yet, have a friend or family member stay at your home so that it isn’t empty while you are gone. Burglars will avoid a home if they believe someone is there.

Reduce Your Risk of Injury

Reduce your risk of accidental injury by clearing paths throughout your home. Eliminate any tripping hazards. Move flammable items away from the fireplace so they won’t be close enough to catch an ember if one escapes. Keep small children away from both the fireplace and the stove. If you serve alcohol to your guests, be aware of how much is being served and cut back if individuals start to consume too much. November is a time for cooler temperatures and a chance for ice and snow. Make sure your sidewalks and outside steps are free of moisture and swept clean before your guests start to arrive.

Practice Safe Habits in the Kitchen

When it comes to cooking, keep handles turned toward the center of the stove. Keep long sleeves and loose fabric tucked away so that it won’t get caught on pot handles or lids. All knives and sharp objects should be kept off the tables and far enough back on counters to prevent them from falling into the kids’ hands. Always be mindful of who is carving the turkey or slicing the pies and other goodies. If a spill occurs, wipe it up immediately to prevent slips and fall accidents.

Enjoy Your Holiday!

Thanksgiving is a time of celebration. Enjoy your holiday, and be thankful for your blessings. Share your joy with those you love. Encourage all of your guests to take their time travelling to and from your home. Being late is fine as long as your guests arrive safely. If a guest has had too much to drink, find them a ride home. As the holiday comes to a close, make sure all of the memories made are the good ones.

James Page Insurance agents look forward to serving their clients throughout the coming year and offering home insurance tips you can use. If you have questions, concerns, or are just looking to find an agent you enjoy working with, call the office today and schedule an appointment. We are looking forward to working with you!

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