Thanksgiving is for many a time to gather with family, friends and loved ones and enjoy each others company. Many reflect on what good things have happened in their lives over the last year and what they have to be thankful for.
We all have the humor of the holidays to share too. Like the time mom dropped the turkey on the floor and the dog took off with it. Or when the oven broke and you had to move everyone to another family members house on short notice. The cat got into the desert.
As you celebrate this great time of year, please remember to be cautious too. We all know that traveling can be dangerous and to watch out on the road, know when to say when, and maybe preparing for a few overnight guests is a good idea.
There are over 4,000 fires that occur nationwide on Thanksgiving day. Many of these were caused by carelessness and open flames. Some fires where minor, some not. "Touch" Football around the Turkey deep fryer is not a good idea. Setting the deep fryer up in the garage is asking for trouble too.
Here are a couple of ideas to make the holiday's a little safer:
Keep children and pets away from candles, fireplaces, stoves, fryers, and ovens.
Make sure that smoke detectors are working properly. 20% of residential dwellings that caught fire did not have working smoke detectors.
If you are deep frying your bird, read the instructions or go on line to sites like Food Network to find videos on how to deep fry a turkey and please, make sure it's thawed first!
Also, since it's getting colder now, make sure your heater is working properly. Change the filters, and if you have a space heater have it serviced. Malfunctioning space heaters are one of the top causes of fires in the winter time.
Check out the holiday safety tips at CAL FIRE. They also have a great video on you tube.
Remember, the holidays should be fun. A little caution may not avoid Aunt Wilma renewing her feud with Cousin Mary, but it can help keep everyone safe.