Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  We will all be traveling to see family and friends.  Hopefully, we will all be eating a lot.  Here are some common sense safety tips that we should all follow during the holiday season:

  1. Be safe on the roads.  Thanksgiving is the busiest travel period of the year.  You need to be extra careful when driving.
  2. If possible, try to leave a day early to beat the traffic. 
  3. As always, do not drink and drive.  
  4. Keep your eyes on the road.  Do not drive while talking on a cellphone or sending text messages.
  5. Buckle up.  If you wear your seat belt it reduces the risk of a fatal injury by half.
  6. Be careful when cooking.  Thanksgiving is the leading day for cooking fires according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  When cooking, you should keep young children away from the kitchen.  Try to cook on back burners and turn pot handles in to prevent accidental spills. 
  7. If decorating with candles, never leave them burning in an unattended room.  

Thanksgiving should be a fun, safe, and happy time for everyone.