Thanksgiving Safety

Thanksgiving food on table

Before you gather with family for Thanksgiving, take a few moments to read our safety practices for an injury-free holiday. Kitchens are bustling with activity, so it is important to be vigilant about your family's safety.

The kitchen

  • Never hold a baby or small child while cooking at the stove.
  • Turn the handles of pots and pans inward so they can’t be grabbed by little hands.
  • Be careful with kitchen towels and oven mitts around the stovetop. 
  • Know the location of your fire extinguisher. Remember to have it recharged once a year.
  • Keep powdered items like sugars and spices out of reach, as they pose choking hazards.

Deep-frying a turkey outside

  • The fryer oil will be heated to 350 degrees or more. Avoid spills or splashes to prevent  burns.
  • Prevent fryer tip-overs by using a solid base on a flat surface more than ten feet away from the house.
  • Never allow children or pets near the fryer. Never leave the fryer unattended.
  • Only deep-fry a completely thawed and dried turkey. A still-frozen turkey can cause oil to spatter.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher close by and call 911 immediately if a fire starts.

Other safety tips

  • Keep children away from the dining room table as sharp knives and delicate glass may items be present.
  • Never leave children unattended around lit candles or fireplaces.
  • Check that your smoke alarms are in working order and that the batteries are new.
  • It is easy to become distracted by meal preparations. Make sure babies and small children are being watched.
  • Houseguests may not be used to baby-proofing and home safety practices. Ensure that small items like coins or hard candies are out of reach, as well as medication bottles and alcoholic beverages

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and enjoyment. Use these safety tips to stay safe and injury-free. Happy Thanksgiving!