Thanksgiving Day is a joyous occasion where friends and family get together
to celebrate good fortune while feasting on great food. At the dinner
table, sometimes there are squabbles and, other times, fits of laughter
as stories and debates are exchanged over mashed potatoes and gravy, turkey,
cranberry sauce, and other hearty and delicious fare. All in all, Thanksgiving
is a tradition that evokes camaraderie and encourages overeating.
However, good cheer and mirth can quickly turn to pain and panic when celebrants
fail to adhere to certain safety guidelines.
According to data from the United States Fire Administration (USFA), nearly
2,000 residential fires break out every Thanksgiving Day. As a result
of these fires, an estimated five deaths, 25 injuries, and more than $20
million in property damage and/or loss occur. Most are caused by mistakes
made in cooking.
The preparation of food is central to the Thanksgiving experience, and
it should remain that way; however, celebrants need to acknowledge the
hazards involved in cooking and do their best to prevent accidents from
happening so no one gets hurt.
- Do not ever leave food that’s cooking neglected for a considerable
amount of time.
- Keep all flammable objects away from heat sources.
- If you are using cooking oil, do not heat it too quickly.
- Avoid wearing clothes with long and loose sleeves if you’re going
to be cooking.
- Keep kids a good distance away from the stove and other areas that present
- If any small grease fires sprout up, smother them with a dependable lid.
- Do not forego calling emergency services if a significantly larger fire starts.
The experienced northern California burn injury attorneys at Caputo &
Van Der Walde LLP wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope that your
festivities are conducted safely and smoothly without incident. However,
if you or a loved one is injured in an accident, please call us to receive
help with recovery.