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Thanksgiving Survival Tips

Turkey, dressing and pecan pie! Nothing quite beats a Thanksgiving feast with your closest relatives and friends. TOMORROW we’ll all stuff our stomachs with great food and bask in good company. This day requires a lot of preparation and organization from everyone involved to ensure a safe and fruitful holiday.

With all of the kids running around and conversations going on, it’s makes it a bit of a challenge to turn a hectic kitchen into a safe environment. Thankfully, we have these 5 Thanksgiving Safety Tips to help make your day a lot easier! Enjoy!


Watch the Kids

There’s nothing more nerve-wracking than a handful of kids running wild while you’re trying to focus on ten different tasks in the kitchen. Make sure that you have all matches, knives, and cooking equipment out of the reach of children. The kitchen should be an adult’s only zone, so it might be best to keep them in a designated play area to protect them from any danger.

Fire Preparation

Believe it or not, but kitchen fires spike every year on Thanksgiving Day. According to statistics, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment. Make sure you’re monitoring your stove and oven at all times and follow all cooking instructions to prevent an accident. Also, don’t forget to have your smoke detectors tested before you start cooking so that you’re assured that they’re functioning properly.

Make a List

This isn’t quite a safety tip, but it will save you a lot of stress. The last thing you want to happen on Thanksgiving is realizing that you forgot a certain dish or ingredient. Nobody wants to drive to the grocery store when they’re supposed to be entertaining guests, so be sure you make a list and shop early beforehand to avert an embarrassing situation.

Monitor Other Safety Hazards

There are a lot of dangerous appliances in your kitchen that can be potential safety concerns. Make sure that you don’t leave any flammable objects near hot surfaces and keep all sharp objects away from children. Keep a fire extinguisher on deck as well – you never know if you’ll need it!

Don’t Cook Under the Influence

The holidays are a great time to break out a bottle of wine and get merry with your friends and family, but only in certain situations. Be responsible and don’t consume any alcohol before or during the process of cooking. You’ll need to be functioning clearly at 100% to prevent any accidents or mishaps! Save the wine for the meal.

If you take a road trip across the state, keep these security tips in mind:

Do not share your location on social media

Thieves will be thankful if you post where are you going, if your home is alone or giving your location. Everyone wants to share special events on Facebook or Instagram but it’s best to do it when you return from your trip.

Check your car before drive

Take this checklist as a guide:

  1. Get your car serviced

  2. Check tire pressure

  3. Check for recalls. Click here to doing now

  4. Plan your route and download the map on google maps so you can see it even without wifi

  5. Check your battery because when the temperature drops, car battery needs more power to work.

  6. Make sure your car has enough coolant.

  7. Front and rear windshield wipers need to work pretty well in case of rain.


Put your phone away

Social networks are an easy escape but remember that you are gathering with the family that you haven’t seen in a while. If you’re going to like or share something that is moments with family.

Pro Tip: Have a can and dare everyone to leave their cell phone inside. The first person who touches their phone loses the game and could bring something for everyone.

Where are the kids?

Be sure to lock each door of the house and watch out with knives, and any crystal you may have brought out/ Kids are really fast and curious. Prevent any accidents before hand.


Remember: If you decide to drink alcohol or you’re tired- do not drive.

Fatal car accidents increase during the holiday season and alcohol is the number one reason. 

What can you do to prevent it? 

  1. Stay the night in a hotel

  2. Designate a sober driver

Keep in mind a lot of people are taking road trips during Thanksgiving. At the end of the night, driving conditions worsen during these hours. Use caution. The kids are out of school. Take your time and come back in the morning.

9:00 am to 5:00 pm are the safest hours to drive.

Now is a great time to make sure all of your insurance needs are up-to-date, Before the big day arrives.

Give us a call to have an Al Boenker agent make sure that your auto insurance has the right amount of coverage for your family and your needs. We can also ensure that you are getting the best rate for your policy.

You might even qualify for additional discounts, especially if you have your home insurance with us.

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