Thanksgiving is just around the corner. With our minds on roast turkey, cornbread, pumpkin pie, and a celebratory family dinner, it’s easy to forget that the Thanksgiving weekend is one of the most dangerous ones for motorists. There are also other risks associated with hot cooking appliances, improper food preparation, and more.

Here are some tips for keeping your Thanksgiving both enjoyable and safe.

Prepare your turkey carefully

According to the Centers for Disease Control, you should thaw your turkey by placing it in a leak-proof container, immersing it in a sink of cold water, and changing the water every half an hour. Never leave it on the counter to thaw: a turkey left at room temperature for over two hours is at risk of growing bacteria.

Once the bird has been safely thawed, be equally careful when preparing it: according to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are four times more likely to happen on Thanksgiving. Whether you intend to roast your turkey in the oven or use a deep fryer, never leave it unattended.

If a grease fire does occur, never use water to extinguish it. Smother the flames by putting the lid on the pot or cover them with four or baking soda. If the fire gets out of control, then call 911.

Keep your home safe

Thanksgiving is a time for connecting with friends and family. To make your home as safe as possible for guests, be sure to:

  • Confirm that all outdoor lighting is in good working order.
  • Clear snow away from driveways, sidewalks, and walkways. If ice is present, then apply generous amounts of ice melt or rock salt.
  • Repair broken or uneven stairs and walkways.
  • Keep dangerous objects away from small children

Stay safe on the roads

Every Thanksgiving, millions of Americans travel to join friends and family for the celebration. Here are some important defensive driving tips to help you get safely to and from your destination.

  • Don’t assume that other motorists will follow traffic laws. If you constantly keep an eye out for reckless or negligent drivers, then you are in a better position to react accordingly.
  • Pay attention to the road at all times. Put your phone away and be alert for black ice, potholes, fallen tree branches, and other obstacles.
  • If you have anything to drink during Thanksgiving dinner, then let someone else take the wheel for the homeward trip.
  • Wear a seat belt. If an accident occurs, then this is one of the most effective ways of minimizing injury.

Although we hope that you and your loved ones have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, accidents happen. If they do, then a New York personal injury attorney will protect your interests and hold the negligent parties accountable for your injuries. Jayson Lutzky is an accident lawyer handling personal injuries. If you are injured this holiday season, then be sure to contact an attorney after seeking medical care. Mr. Lutzky offers free in-person consultations and can be reached at 718-514-6619.