While Thanksgiving can be a time for families, great food, and fun, however, it can also mean injuries and accidents. To keep your family safe this Thanksgiving, make sure that you:
1) Evaluate your home for known hazards. If you are hosting a holiday event this week, do a quick walk-through of your home before guests arrive. Any tripping hazards, slip and fall hazards, or other dangers should be removed or clearly marked. If your home has a pool, make sure that the pool area is secured with a locked gate. Miami drowning accidents and pool accidents can easily happen if a child wanders away from the holiday table while everyone in talking.
2) Help elderly loved ones this holiday season. Elderly loved ones can feel loneliness especially keenly around the holiday season. If you have an elderly loved on in a hospital or retirement community, consider visiting or inviting your relative to your home for the holiday. If you do have elderly loved ones visiting your home for Thanksgiving, make sure that someone helps them safely into your home and ensure that any tripping hazards are removed.
3) Use proper food safety techniques. Follow the instructions on your turkey regarding thawing and cooking. Keep a food thermometer handy to ensure that the turkey is safe to eat and clean your food preparation areas clean as you cook. At this time of year, it is also a good idea to keep an eye on any food recalls – to ensure that the food you are eating is safe.
4) Take extra precautions against fire. With many guests in your home, it can be easier to lose track of the barbecue, oven, and candles. Make sure that you have working smoke detectors in your home and use kitchen timers to alert you to check on food. Light candles only when everyone is seated at the table and be sure to blow out the candles as soon as the meal is over. Unattended candles are a major cause of Miami burn injuries and fires during the holiday season. Never leave candles, grills, or any open flames unattended.
5) Keep your pets safe. Thanksgiving can be very stressful for your pets, especially if you are having many new guests over. Try to keep your pet in a separate area of the home while you celebrate – unless your pet is very well socialized. The extra hurry and unfamiliar noise of the holiday can cause any pet to become unusually aggressive and can lead to a Miami dog bite incident.
The legal team at the Flaxman Law Group would like to extend warm holiday wishes to all our readers. If you are celebrating Thanksgiving this week, the legal team at the Flaxman Law Group wish you a happy and safe holiday.
If you do need a Miami personal injury attorney this Thanksgiving, the Flaxman Law Group keep their phones staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure that you can always reach a live person when you need assistance. If you have sustained an injury, contact the Flaxman Law Group to arrange for your free consultation so that you can discuss your case with an experienced attorney.