At Life Saver Pool Fence, our readers know that we’re typically focused on water safety. The truth is that we care about keeping children safe all year long. When Thanksgiving rolls around, many of our pools may be boarded up, but we still aim to cover as many safety bases as possible.

Here are some Thanksgiving Safety Tips for a happy and healthy holiday weekend.

Thanksgiving Safety Tips from Life Saver Pool Fence

Travel Can Be Treacherous

During the holiday season, far too many accidents happen on the road. When it comes to safe driving, we’re always concerned. In fact, we’ve had blog posts about driving in the rain as well.

If you’re taking a ride this year, make sure you’re well rested. Drowsy driving is a leading cause in automobile accidents. Additionally, be extra careful of drunk drivers, especially on holidays. As you may expect, a big party weekend means a lot of inebriated drivers on the road. If you’re hitting the road, lay off the alcohol. You, your family and the other drivers will be glad you did.

Thanksgiving Safety Tips: Play it Safe!

Everyone loves turkey, but 2018 could be a tricky year for turkey lovers. Recently, the CDC reported an outbreak of salmonella in raw turkey across the United States. That’s tough, but it’s not as though everyone is going to skip their favorite holiday bird. A safe Thanksgiving is still possible with some care and preparation!

Let’s talk turkey. Here are some quick Thanksgiving Safety Tips for a safer and healthier dinner:

  • Avoid purchasing pre-stuffed turkeys. It’s safer to do it yourself and cook the stuffing separately.
  • When buying a turkey, make sure to give yourself at least one or two days before you intend to cook it.
  • If your turkey is frozen, defrost it gradually in the refrigerator. Once the bird is thawed, you should begin cooking it immediately. Waiting can lead to contamination.
  • Finally, be absolutely sure that your turkey is fully cooked. Using a meat thermometer on the innermost parts of the thigh and wing, as well as the thickest portion of the breast, is the best way to ensure that your meat is ready for consumption.

Keeping the Kids Safe

During a big family holiday, it’s not unusual to have several children running around your home. In this case, it’s important to beware a false sense of security. As our readers know, childproofing your home can be a complicated process. However, this process is well worth it when there are more curious little ones puttering around than usual. Here are some childproofing tips:

  • Keep hot food and sharp knives away from the edge of the counter.
  • Fireplaces are hot! Be sure to block little ones from accessing your fireplace by installing a sturdy screen.
  • Keep your medicine locked up tightly. Ideally, it should also be stored as high as possible. It’s best to keep them out of the child’s sight and minds of the little explorers. Here are some more tips about childproofing a bedroom.

Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Pool Safety

You read that title right. Just because it’s November doesn’t mean we should neglect basic pool safety. Besides, in warmer climates, many people still have open pools.

Do Pool Gates Need to be Self-Closing?

The Thanksgiving break is a perfect time to consider your safety measures. Now, we’re pretty excited about installing pool fences to ensure your safety. These barriers are a powerful way to keep little ones out of harm’s way. Whether open or closed, if there’s a pool nearby, this is a time to stay vigilant. Pool safety experts recommend using “layers of protection” to help prevent a tragedy.

Here are some other safety measures to consider:

  • Add high locks to all of the doors and windows that lead to the pool.
  • Add alarms on any doors and windows that access the pool.
  • Place an extra alarm inside the pool to warn if someone is in the water.

Choking Hazard

During a big dinner, people often eat quickly while talking. Far too many folks end up in the emergency room due to choking hazards. Before the big meal begins, make sure everyone is aware of the Heimlich Maneuver.

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In the event that a choking person cannot breathe, CPR can be a life saver. The value of proper CPR cannot be stressed enough. During an emergency, properly applying CPR has the potential to prevent a wonderful dinner from turning into a tragedy.

That’s about it! Thanks for reading our Thanksgiving Safety Tips and have a wonderful holiday weekend!