Thanksgiving Safety: Holiday Advice Every Parent Should Know

Agnes W Linn

It’s Thanksgiving — a time to reflect on the past year and be thankful for the important things in life, like family. And when it comes to your loved ones, there’s nothing more important than keeping them safe. That’s why we’ve put together some Thanksgiving safety tips.

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Is Thanksgiving Really That Dangerous?

We know what you’re thinking. Thanksgiving holiday safety tips? What makes Thanksgiving so special? People get injured all the time, right? Well, it turns out that the end of November is prime time for accidents, including:

Fires — from careless kitchen habits
• Car accidents — because of poor weather conditions and traffic
Football injuries — because it seems like everyone plays football on Thanksgiving, even people who have no business playing football
Food poisoning — from careless cooking or a lack of knowledge
Theft — ok, this isn’t an injury, but getting robbed can hurt

But don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of Thanksgiving tips to keep you and your kids safe, whether you’re at home or away.

7 Thanksgiving Tips to Help Everyone Be Safe


Never leave your stove unattended

Whether you’re cooking a Thanksgiving feast for dozens of people or just your immediate family, chances are you’re going to be running that stove a lot leading up to Thanksgiving Day. And even after you’ve stuffed your face with all the fixings, you might be tempted to leave that stove on warm to keep tomorrow’s leftovers going.

One word of Thanksgiving fire safety advice? Don’t. Leaving the stove unattended is a fire hazard, so always be close by while you’re cooking. For extra peace of mind, consider getting a smart smoke detector, like Nest Protect. When connected to the Internet, it alerts you on your phone if there’s smoke (and in some cases, carbon monoxide too) so you can get your kids out of the house as quickly as possible.

Set light timers if you’re going out

Attending a feast at someone else’s home or leaving town entirely? Consider setting up some sort of your light fixtures on timers. Your local hardware store has lots of low-budget light timer solutions. But if you want to go all out, you can invest in Wi-Fi switches or bulbs and control them from your iPhone or Android (or automate them entirely).

Kids can never be too safe.
Prevent them from getting into trouble on holidays

Install a video doorbell

You might be expecting family and friends for Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean everyone who’s about to knock on your door is there to feast on your food. They might be there to gobble up your belongings. Burglaries during Thanksgiving are more common than you think. And if you leave your door unlocked, intruders can just walk on in. That’s why video doorbells like Ring or Nest Hello are great options. When someone comes to the door, you can see their face — and interact with them. If you’re home, you don’t have to get up and answer the door. And if you’re away, they might assume you’re home and move onto the next house. What’s more, if your kids are home alone, you can answer the door remotely, so whoever’s at the door will think an adult is home.

Brush up on your first aid training

People love to gorge on Thanksgiving. And unfortunately, that can lead to choking. It’s always good to know how to save someone from choking, especially children who love to stuff their faces. But it’s especially important on occasions when you’re entertaining. If you don’t have time to take a first aid course, consider looking at this step-by-step guide to dealing with a choking emergency.

Cook your food properly


Great advice for any day of the week, it’s important to cook your food to the correct temperature, especially things like turkey. If you’re cooking lots of items simultaneously, it can be tough to remember which dish needs to be cooked for which duration. Rather than relying on your brain to make sure you’re adhering to Thanksgiving cooking safety, let something like Google Home, Amazon Echo, or HomePod do the work for you. You can set timers on each device — and even give them names. So when your turkey’s ready, your smart speaker can announce it.

Keep an emergency kit in your car

Traveling for the holidays? Weather conditions can change on a dime — and you never know when you might get stuck or have to deal with traffic caused by Thanksgiving accidents. That’s why it’s a good idea to have an emergency kit in your car. Consider including jumper cables, energy bars, bottled water, a tire pressure gauge, a flashlight, first aid kit, triangle reflectors, and LED flares. It’s also a smart idea to make sure you have granola bars and other treats that can nourish your kids.

While an emergency kit is good to have all year round, it’s especially important around the holidays, with more impaired-related crashes in many parts of the country.
“According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, the day before Thanksgiving sees more impaired-related crashes than any other day of the year,” says Wichita police Capt. Brent Allred “Those who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or any other drugs are a danger to themselves, their passengers and others on the road.”

Keep tabs on your kids with a parental control app

Life gets busy during Thanksgiving and it’s not always easy to keep track of what your kids are doing while you’re cooking, cleaning, and entertaining. In fact, sometimes it’s just a little bit easier to send them out of the house. But you can give them freedom to roam without having to worry, especially with a parental control app like mSpy by your side. It lets you set boundaries on a map and alerts you if your kids leave your pre-set zones. It also lets you see what they’re up to on social media (you can even see their chats, including deleted messages).

Wherever You’re Going on Thanksgiving, Be Safe

Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy your loved ones, so whatever you’re doing with your kids, do it safely. By following our holiday safety tips, you’ll have extra peace of mind for the holiday season.

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Agnes Linn was born into the family of an eloquent preacher (parish priest), with the inevitable passion for writing. She received classic education in Philosophy, as well as Modern Mass Media Management; married, mother of one kid.
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