Our crew at Xtreme Home Products, located in the heart of Downtown Mooresville, NC, know Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year — one when friends and family gather to enjoy a grand meal under one roof. But, the holiday season can also bring with it some unwanted accidents and injuries. To avoid those, here are the best Thanksgiving safety tips all homeowners should follow.

Stay alert in the kitchen while cooking

According to the National Fire Protection Association, home cooking fires occur mostly on Thanksgiving Day. As such, it is important to always stay alert when you’re in the kitchen. Don’t leave anything unattended for too long, and make sure to keep any flammable objects far away from the stove or oven. If you’re putting out candles to decorate the dinner table, space them out so they don’t light anything on fire.

2. Deep-Frying? Do it outside!

Turkeys are huge, and they will need a large pot of oil to deep-fry thoroughly. Therefore, it’s best to deep-fry your turkey outside of your house and away from anything that can easily catch on fire. That means no deep-frying near vehicles, too. Before you deep-fry the turkey, see to it that it is thawed completely. Dry it off with paper towels, as excess moisture can cause oil to splatter wildly. This will help reduce the chances of grease splashing out of the pot and starting a fire.

3. Be careful with knives!

To avoid cuts and lacerations, make sure to handle knives sober and with care. Don’t let kids cut or slice anything, especially without adult supervision. It’s also a good idea to clean the kitchen as you go. Don’t leave knives and other sharp objects out in the open if you’re not going to use them. It’s also best not to let the kitchen get too crowded.

4. Maintain a tidy home

Aside from cooking-related hazards, Thanksgiving parties can also give rise to slip-and-fall accidents. When you have too much clutter lying around, your guests can trip over them and injure themselves. Thus, it is important to clean up your mess before the big get-together and during the party, as well.

5. Secure your home!

If you’re going to someone else’s house for Thanksgiving, it’s imperative that you secure your home. Burglaries happen a lot during this time of the year as more people leave their homes unattended. Installing a door camera can be an easy fix with this. Also making sure you are setting those alarms before leaving your home is very important. Did you know you could reach out to local law enforcement and they will do safety checks on your home while away for the holidays. Normally you have to give them a notice before leaving but this is another great option for keeping your home safe!

Xtreme Home Products hopes everyone has a great start to their holiday season and enjoys the time with their families this Thanksgiving. Comment below your favorite Thanksgiving dish! As always we serve Statesville, Troutman, Asheville, Hendersonville, Winston Salem, Taylorsville, Hickory, Denver, Sherrills Ford, Mooresville, Newton, Concord, Davidson, Huntersville, Cornelius, Lincolnton, Charlotte, and surrounding areas for your window, siding, door or gutter guard needs.


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