If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you know that we cover all manner of parking and driving safety tips for every season and situation. But we also know there’s more to living a safe and happy life than driving and parking with care. These are of great importance, for sure. But there’s a world of workplace safety to consider, and more general safety tips for keeping ourselves and our families well. Our friends at Blog4Safety.com cover everything from head protection to respiratory safety, and do so in informative, easy-and-enjoyable-to-read blog posts. We hope you’ll check out their blog and find it as resourceful as we do, and we also hope you’ll enjoy the guest post they’ve authored below!
In less than a week, we Americans will celebrate a traditional holiday, Thanksgiving. It’s a special time for families to gather and eat too much food, watch too much football, go back for more food, and remember the good times we had with family members that are no longer with us.
This holiday brings one of the busiest times of road and air travel of the year. State Highway Patrols are warning drivers to buckle up, slow down, and drive with care. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, there are more traffic accidents than any other time. If you plan to drive, leave a little early, and please don’t text and/or drink and drive. These are simple instructions that we all should follow every day. If you are flying, be sure to allow ample time to get to the airport, as security measures will be stepped up. Many people are upset over some of the airline security procedures; however, if it keeps everyone safe in the sky, we should be able to endure it.
Cooking brings its’ own hazards. Allow plenty of time to thaw the turkey, in order to be sure it is alright. I waited until the last day, only to find that the turkey I bought was no good. On Thanksgiving Eve, I called my neighbor, who happened to be my grocer, and he opened the store so I could get another one. (I’d never be that lucky again.) Too many cooks in the kitchen can be harmful, rather than helpful. Try to have your meal organized and do some of the side dishes ahead of time, if possible. It’s hard to try to coordinate a large meal and have everything ready at exactly the same time. Caution should be used when frying the turkey. Keep mitts, safety goggles or glasses, and a fire extinguisher handy. Overheated oil can be very dangerous. Also, do not let children get anywhere near the fryer.
Another thing to remember is not to consume food that has been left out too long. I know we all used to eat the leftovers after they were out all afternoon, but it isn’t a good idea. It’s not that difficult to set things in the refrigerator and then warm them up in the microwave.
We have much to be thankful for, and need to acknowledge that time spent with family is the best gift of all. There are many who are less fortunate, and we should take the time to show kindness this season by helping serve food, donating to food pantries, and giving to an Angel Christmas Tree sponsored by banks and other organizations in our communities.
Last, be sure your children are buckled up in the car, buy them toys that are safe, and feed them some healthy foods during this season when we are all tempted to “overdo” it on candy and cookies. Regardless of your plans, always keep safety in mind. Try to take it a little slower, and not let yourself become too stressed.