With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, many of us are dreaming of a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings and being able to reconnect with the people we care about the most. However, while you’re planning an enjoyable holiday season, you also need to spend some time thinking about how to stay safe, as the Thanksgiving holidays brings an increased risk for serious injury.

To make sure that your Thanksgiving is fun and memorable, you need to learn a few of the most effective safety tips that will help you avoid a holiday hospital stay. Commit these Thanksgiving safety tips to memory and you should be able to avoid the different types of accidents common to this holiday.

Rules for Safe Thanksgiving Driving

If you’re like many people, then you’re planning to travel this Thanksgiving. Whether you want to visit family or simply want to get away for a few days, it’s important that you follow some basic safe driving rules so that you can avoid a major holiday accident.

First and foremost, you should always pay attention to and obey posted speed limits. Although it’s understandable that you want to reach your destination as quickly as possible, driving too rapidly will make it more likely that you’ll experience a wreck.

You should also be certain that you check the weather before you start your journey. Inclement weather conditions, such as snow, ice, and rain, increase the likelihood of an accident, so you need to know ahead of time if you will encounter these conditions.

Finally, you should make sure that your car is in working order. Before your trip, have your tires rotated and your oil changed, and test your headlights and tail lights.

Avoid Common Kitchen Accidents

Accidents that take place in the kitchen are also extremely common during Thanksgiving, mostly due to the size and complexity of the meals being prepared. If you want to avoid injury this holiday season, the following kitchen safety tips are your best solution.

Check the dishes you are preparing regularly, and if your stove is turned on, make sure that it is never left unattended. Having someone keep an eye on the meal at all times will help you prevent fires. Should a fire occur, you will need to put it out quickly, which is why you need to be certain your fire extinguisher is charged and readily accessible before you begin preparing your meal?

Hot dishes should always be handled with safety equipment like pads or oven mitts, and small children and pets should not be allowed in the kitchen while the food is cooking. Also, frequently clean up grease, as it can be a major fire risk.

After an Injury Occurs

Thanksgiving injuries are frighteningly common and are often caused by the negligence of another person. If you’ve suffered a Thanksgiving-related injury and are interested in filing a lawsuit, you should get advice from the professionals at Mitch Grissim & Associates.

The attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates are familiar with personal injury law and are prepared to give you the guidance you need for your case. Schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today.