Thanksgiving Safety


Thanksgiving is right around the corner y’all. The perfect time of year for family to come together, feast, and have fun. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always turn out the way we intended. Let’s take a look at some of the most common accidents and injuries that can occur over the thanksgiving holiday.

Vehicular Accidents

Thanksgiving is one of the most traveled holiday periods of the year and driving is the most popular mode of travel for this holiday. According to AAA, about 90% of holiday travelers will be driving for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, this can lead to some dangerous outcomes. Many drivers during this time period are usually navigating unfamiliar roads, driving late in the day in icy weather, and/or after having some alcoholic beverages. Traffic Safety Marketing says that, “During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2015, there were 301 passenger vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes across the nation. Tragically, 50% of those killed were not buckled up at the time of their fatal crash.” Please buckle up and be extra cautious on the roads this year!

Sports Injuries

Thanksgiving and football basically go hand in hand for a lot of American families. Some would call it a thanksgiving tradition. After a couple of drinks, you will most likely see some of the guys in the backyard tossing around a football which can quickly escalate into some serious injuries. In an interview with Ben Casselman from FiveThirtyEight, NPR gathered that Thanksgiving has the highest amount of football related injuries that come into the emergency room each year. If you plan on playing, please try to remember your body limits!

Kitchen Fires

Everyone knows that the thanksgiving meal is the real deal of the day. There’s a lot going on in the kitchen this day. The U.S. Fire Administration says that Thanksgiving has about double the amount of residential fires than any other day out of the year. Here are some other statistics from USFA that are definitely worth sharing for your safety:

  • Unattended cooking is the leading factor in home cooking fires.
  • Two-thirds of home cooking fires started when food or other cooking materials caught fire.
  • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than one percent of these fires, but these incidents accounted for 18 percent of the cooking fire deaths.
  • Ranges accounted for the largest share (62 percent) of home cooking fire incidents.
  • More than half (55 percent) of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves.
  • Frying poses the greatest risk of fire.

Speaking of frying, we want to emphasize how dangerous frying your turkey can be! Like, explosive dangerous. On safety says, “Since 2002, there have been more than 168 turkey-fryer related fire, burn, explosion or CO poisoning incidents, including 672 injuries and $8 million in property damage.” This is definitely one of the most delicious ways to prepare your turkey, but make sure you are extremely careful if you plan on cooking it this way. Here are some safety tips Popular Science suggests:

  • Thaw the bird.
  • Careful with the flavor.
  • Measure twice, cook once.
  • Lower carefully.

Accidents happen, but please take some of this into consideration so that you can prevent any serious injuries from happening. If you or a loved one do suffer an injury this thanksgiving and feel you may need an attorney, don’t hesitate to call The Merman Law Firm for a free consultation. Happy Holidays!