Thanksgiving Dangers – Don’t End Up in the ER

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Thanksgiving is finally here! The holiday season has officially begun and we get to look forward to catching up with friends and family, eating some great food, and (hopefully) a few well deserved days off. But there is another side to thanksgiving to think about… Thanksgiving is one of the biggest travel days of the year. Unfortunately, traffic in your local ER will pick up as well. Turns out Thanksgiving can be downright dangerous! Here are the common hazards/injuries experienced during Thanksgiving and some tips to help stay safe and avoid a trip to the hospital.

Car Accidents

The National Safety Council estimates that 433 people will be killed and another 52,300 will be seriously injured in car crashes during this Thanksgiving holiday. So whether your travel is a short drive or a long road trip, conditions are ripe for auto accidents. Be cautious, increased volume on the freeways, earlier sunsets/sun glare, distractions in your car (family members or pets), and electronic devices are all possible causes of auto accidents.


Turkey fryers, cook tops, candles, and electrical outlets all get used a lot during Thanksgiving, any of which could start a fire.

Turkey Fryers – If you are going to fry your turkey, please do so safely! Place your fryers away from any structures and be sure it is 100% thawed and lower it slowly into the oil. Any frozen meat could cause splattering or fires. Keep a fire extinguisher handy! DO NOT use water on a grease fire! Watch here to see the right and wrong ways to fry a turkey.

Overused power sockets – Don’t over crowd your outlets

Food Safety

It is surprisingly easy to make your guests ill.

Make sure to wash your hand after touching any raw meat to avoid cross contamination.

Proper thawing and cooking of the turkey is most important – CDC Guide to safe turkey prep


Don’t overdo it. If the bird is too heavy, get help. Also, your tackle football days might be behind you. Just know your limits and when to take a rest.


Don’t forget about your furry friends!

Food – Never give your pet poultry bones or chocolate. Make sure the trash is secured and your pet can’t reach food left on counters or tables.

Doors – Keep an eye on your pet as guests come and go. An open door is an invitation for a pet to flee.

Anxiety – Having many guest or loud sounds could be overwhelming for your pet. You can try and safely keep your pet in a quieter section of your house during noisy festivities.