All of us at Underwood Anderson Insurance wish you and yours a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. Your celebration may be a little different this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but we expect that it will not keep you from enjoying a delicious meal with your family.
Nobody ever expects their Thanksgiving celebration to result in a call to the fire department or a trip to the emergency room, but it does happen. And, unless you are adequately protected by homeowner’s insurance, Thanksgiving could end up costing much more than the price of a turkey and fixings.
Below is an article from the American Red Cross with great tips to keep your family safe from Covid-19 and help you cook your feast safely. If you’re not sure if your home is adequately covered please give us a call today. One of our agents will be happy to provide you with a homeowner’s insurance quote.
To help you and your family stay safe, the American Red Cross offers these cooking safety tips and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help protect everyone’s health during Thanksgiving.
STAY SAFE FROM COVID-19
The CDC recommends these lower risk activities:
- Avoid attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside our households. Instead, have a small dinner with family and perhaps a virtual dinner with friends and family who live outside the home.
- Still want to share favorite dishes with others?Prepare family recipes for nearby loved ones and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and deliver them without direct contact with others.
- Love to shop over the holiday?Avoid crowded stores and revert to online shopping.
COOK YOUR FEAST SAFELY
Cooking is the top cause of home fires in the U.S. Most often, these emergencies are caused by unattended cooking — a common behavior shared by nearly 70% of us, according to a national Red Cross survey conducted earlier this year. Follow these tips to help stay safe:
- Keep an eye on what you fry!Never leave cooking food unattended. If you must leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- Move items that can burnaway from the stove. This includes dishtowels, bags, boxes, paper and curtains. Also keep children and pets at least three feet away.
- Avoid wearing loose clothingor dangling sleeves while cooking.
- When frying food, turn the burner off if you see smokeor if the grease starts to boil. Carefully remove the pan from the burner.
- Keep a pan lid or a cookie sheet nearby. Use it to cover the pan if it catches on fire. This will put out the fire. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
- Turn pot handles to the backof the stove, so no one bumps them or pulls them over.
- Use a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on. Check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving home to ensure all stoves, ovens and small appliances are turned off.
FREE RESOURCES FOR YOU
Download the free Red Cross First Aid app for instant access on how to control bleeding, help someone who is choking and other scenarios. Search “American Red Cross” in app stores.
You can also help keep your family safe by testing your smoke alarms monthly and practicing your home fire escape plan until everyone can get out in less than two minutes — the amount of time you may have to get out of a burning home before it’s too late. Visit redcross.org/fire for more information or download the free Red Cross Emergency app (search “American Red Cross” in app stores).
Posted on November 11-2020 https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2020/10-ways-to-have-a-safe-thanksgiving.html
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