Stay Safe this Thanksgiving: Practical Tips for Security and Peace of Mind

By Grace Hallowell, Marketing Coordinator

Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate family, friends – and tons of tasty food! But Thanksgiving can also create preventable hazards quicker than your leftovers can get cold.

We offer these common-sense reminders to ensure a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Don’t leave food unattended as it’s cooking

Keep a watchful eye on the feast you’re preparing to avoid fiery mishaps. Likewise, keep children and pets away from your hot oven to prevent burns.

Fry your turkey outside and away from your home 

If a deep-fried turkey is your Thanksgiving dish of choice, prepare it outdoors at a safe distance. For example, don’t fry your turkey in a garage or on a porch, don’t overfill the fryer with oil, and keep a constant eye on the bird while it’s cooking.

Properly dispose of food waste

If you improperly dispose of fats, oils, grease (FOG), and flushable and non-flushable paper products, you can contribute to “fatbergs” that block our sewer system. The blockages are worse in the winter since cooler weather makes it easier for the FOG to solidify.

It’s also a good practice to scrape food scraps into the garbage instead of down the drain and pour used cooking oil or grease into a can. Then, after it solidifies, place the sealed container in the trash.

Lock your doors when away from home

If you plan on leaving town, take proper precautions to discourage burglars from targeting your home. Effective measures include locking the doors and windows, using a timer to turn on outdoor lights at night, and letting a trusted neighbor know your travel plans.

May your hearts be merry and your bellies content this Thanksgiving week! Enjoy the festivities, and stay safe!

About the Blogger


Grace Hallowell is in her second year as marketing coordinator for the city’s Public Communications department. A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Grace has a bachelor’s degree in advertising communications.

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