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Thanksgiving Dinner Preparation Tips

by BROOKE GOLD HASSON | Oct 31, 2013

thanksgiving-dinner-300x235It’s important with turkey on the mind to make sure that your family is safe whether you are having guests over your home or are traveling this holiday season. Take a look at some quick tips we have put together to make sure you can enjoy your turkey without a worry!

  • If you plan to be traveling make sure to have all mail, newspapers, and deliveries stopped or picked up by a neighbor.
  • Never leave a hidden key outside, burglars know the best hiding spots for these!
  • Don’t post your travel plans on Facebook or other social media sites letting people know you will be out of town.
  • Use timers to operate your lights.
  • Make sure all windows and doors are locked. Set your alarm if you have one.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency and teach all family members how to use it properly.
  • Be cautious using turkey fryers as they post a number of distinct safety concerns. Only use an approved turkey fryer with four legs and a built-in thermostat so proper oil temperature can be maintained. Make sure the fryer cannot tip over, a major cause of most fires. Use the fryer outdoors and away from the house. Follow all instructions from the manufacturer.
  • Never leave your house with the oven on. Stay in the kitchen while you are cooking. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires.
  • Instead of flame candles replace them with non-flame candles.
  • When retiring for the evening make a final inspection of your home and ensure that all appliances (especially the stove) are off.

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