Tips for a Safe and Easy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Day! Autumn feast. Family sitting at the table and celebrating holiday. Grandparents, mother, father and children. Traditional dinner.
Nov 17, 2021 10:36 AM

by: Security First Financial, A Division of Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc.

At Security First Financial, we believe Thanksgiving should be a day you can enjoy with loved ones, and we want your holiday to go smoothly.

We’ve gathered a few tips to help make sure your holiday is as safe and stress-free as possible.

Safety Tips for Hosts

  • Make sure the walkway is clear for guests—fall leaves, snow, etc., can be slippery.
  • Make sure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are working.
  • Always stay in the kitchen when using the stove top.
  • Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing when cooking.
  • Don’t leave the house if you’ve got something in the oven (even if it will be there for hours).
  • Get a fire extinguisher for your kitchen.
  • Keep things well ventilated while cooking.
  • Keep raw meat away from produce.
  • Put leftovers away quickly.
  • Make sure knives and other dangerous objects can’t be reached by children.
  • Limit your use of candles as décor.
  • Be careful if you’re sharing food with pets and make sure there are no bones in the meat.

Safety Tips for Travelers

  • Put your lights on a timer so your home looks occupied.
  • Double check your windows and doors to be sure they’re locked.
  • Consider investing in a security camera to discourage burglary or vandalism.
  • Travel early if possible; holiday traffic can be dangerous.
  • Always make sure everyone in your car is buckled up.
  • Make sure your vehicle is prepared for inclement weather. (Check your breaks, tires, windshield wipers and defroster.)
  • Take a mask, hand sanitizer, and wipes with you when traveling on a plane or in crowded areas.
  • Never drive while impaired, and don’t use your cell phone while driving.

More Tips to Make the Holiday Easier

  • Ask guests about allergies and dietary restrictions before you plan your menu.
  • Plan your meal ahead of time so you can be sure you have everything you need.
  • Clean out your refrigerator ahead of time so there’s room for Thanksgiving ingredients.
  • Read the recipes ahead of time so you can be sure you have all the tools you need
  • Keep decorations simple. Consider seasonal plants like pumpkins or gourds.
  • Don’t be afraid to delegate and ask guests to contribute. Have them bring things like desserts, homemade rolls, veggies and other food that doesn’t need to be served hot.
  • Cook in square and rectangular pans to maximize storage space.
  • Free up space in your kitchen by cooking some things outside on the grill if weather is nice.
  • Soak pots and pans if you can’t wash them immediately so they’re easier to clean later.

We hope your holiday is safe, fun and relaxing. Need an upgraded kitchen or more space for guests next year? Contact your local Security First Financial Loan Originator about buying a new home or refinancing to fund the upgrades you’re dreaming of.

Original blog post by Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc.: https://www.primeres.com/about/blog/article/2019/11/25/tips-for-a-safe-and-easy-thanksgiving

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