Brett Hodgdon, PE
How To Stay Safe This Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving may look a little different this year for many families, but we have compiled a list of tips to keep everyone safe - whether that's just you or your extended family.
Make sure your smoke alarms have working batteries, and maybe even consider installing one in the kitchen in case the turkey becomes a bit too well done. Smoke alarms contain a date of manufacture stamp on their backside. When replacing the batteries, verify their age and replace the alarms if they are 10 years old or more.
Deep-fried turkey is a delicious preparation method, but there are a number of safety issues it presents. Don't use the fryer indoors, be sure the turkey is completely thawed and dry, and keep your distance from the fryer.
We know that sometimes meals don't go according to plan. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 4,000 fire happen each Thanksgiving Day -- usually in the kitchen. Having a fire extinguisher on hand is important for any kitchen.
Keep an eye on your fireplace, especially if little ones are running around this time of year. Don't leave it unattended to prevent any issues from arising.
Candles certainly cheer up a table, but be careful there is no loose clothing, oven mitts, towels or plastic nearby to catch fire.
Now that these safety hazards are taken care of, it's time to enjoy your meal with your family. What's your favorite side dish?