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Thanksgiving and the official start of the holiday season is nearly upon us! That means fun, food, family, and friends. It also means millions of people hitting the roads and airways to travel. Sadly, many accidents happen every year over the holiday season, which could have been avoided with just a bit of extra caution.
It’s important to take care, both on the roads and when you’re celebrating, to make sure that everyone stays safe and has a great time. Learn some important tips and tricks for safely celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday.
There are essentially two areas where dangers arise during Thanksgiving and the holidays: travel and cooking. Each has different dangers, obviously, but a little bit of knowledge and education, as well as exercising some basic caution, can make sure that you and your loved ones stay safe this and every holiday season.
Thanksgiving is among the busiest times every year for travelers, with millions of people crowding the highways and byways and airports of America to go see their loved ones. When you’re driving, keep up with the weather conditions you might face. Note storms and account for them. Always follow the rules of the road and drive defensively. Use extra caution in inclement weather and work zones.
When you’re taking long trips, stop to rest frequently, even if you don’t feel tired. Consider switching drivers occasionally. Give other cars on the road plenty of room so you have enough room to stop if they break slam. Wash your car before you go, especially your windows, headlights, taillights, and turn signals. Finally, use your headlights anytime visibility is an issue, but go easy on the high beams — they can be as detrimental as they are helpful!
Cooking is the number one cause of house fires, and a bit of extra safety can help to keep everyone safe. Avoid cooking while wearing loose clothing like dangling sleeves, and never leave the stove unattended. Even just leaving for a few minutes can result in disaster. Check food in the oven regularly, and always use timers. Keep your children and pets away from the kitchen while cooking, and make sure that anything remotely flammable is away from appliances.
Keep your kitchen clean and free from grease which can catch on fire without warning. Always double- and triple-check the kitchen after cooking to be sure that all appliances, stoves, and ovens are turned off. Finally, keep a fire extinguisher handy just in case. It might ruin your food when a fire erupts, but it’ll save your house!
Sometimes, no matter what you do, accidents happen. In some cases, it’s nobody’s fault. In others, it’s because someone was acting carelessly or irresponsibly. In these cases, if you get seriously hurt, you deserve compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and damage to your quality of life. Your best bet to get these damages is to work closely with an experienced Alabama personal injury lawyer.
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