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Stay Safe This Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, we have many things to be grateful for. It is a time to enjoy family, friends, turkey, and pumpkin pie. Whether watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, running in a local “Turkey Trot,” or Black Friday shopping, people celebrate with many different traditions. The holiday allows us to reflect on all that we have.

However, while Thanksgiving brings many wonderful things, it also creates opportunity for new hazards. Here are 4 tips to stay safe this Thanksgiving.

1. Travel Safely

According to AAA, in 2016 it was estimated that approximately 48.7 million Americans traveled more than 50 miles from home on Thanksgiving. As one of the busiest travel days of the year, the holiday also increases the potential for accidents. With this in mind, it is very important to remain safe while on the road – especially in inclement weather. You can prepare by ensuring that your vehicle is ready for snow and ice, to buckle up, drive sober, and plan ahead. Allow yourself more than enough time to get to your destination.

2. Prevent Cooking Fires

Thanksgiving is a holiday during which many of us have been known to stuff ourselves with food. In preparation for this, there is a lot of activity going on in the kitchen. With so many things cooking and with family around, it is easy to become distracted and forget to take things off of the stove and out of the oven.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), “Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.” Unattended cooking was the largest contributing factor. With this in mind, remain in the kitchen while cooking, set timers, and always use caution. This is especially true when dealing with a turkey fryer, which can cause extreme burns.

3. Be Responsible While Hosting

It is important to remember that as a host you have the potential for additional liability should something go wrong. That is why you should always act responsibly and with caution when hosting others. This is particularly important when it comes to the consumption of alcoholic beverages. When serving alcohol, offer food and non-alcoholic options, stop serving past a certain time, and do not allow those who have been drinking to drive. Instead, encourage your guests to pick a designated driver, or call a taxi or ridesharing service.

Consult with a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence or recklessness of another person, the attorneys at Gauthier Amedee can help.  At Gauthier Amedee, our team of experienced personal injury attorneys understands the importance of each individual case and will fight hard to protect your rights. Don’t delay, contact Gauthier Amedee today at 225-647-1700 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case evaluation.

November 26th, 2019