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Thanksgiving Festival and Safety Tips

Thanksgiving Festival can be celebrated happily by following some simple safety awareness tips included in this post for everyone involved. 

Thanksgiving Day celebration is a time for expressing gratitude while gathering with family and loved ones around a bountiful dinner table to enjoy delicious food and heartwarming traditions.

While the focus is often on delicious meals, it’s important to keep safety in mind as you prepare for the Thanksgiving Dinner to ensure a memorable and incident-free celebration. 

In this article, we’ll explore essential safety awareness tips for a Thanksgiving festival that’s not only delightful but also safer.

1. Fire Safety and Prevention:

Cooking Area: Ensure the cooking area is free from flammable items and avoid overcrowding to prevent accidents.

Supervision: When cooking, you must never leave the kitchen unattended. Ensure that someone is always present to monitor open flames, such as those from the stove or candles. Additionally, it is crucial to keep utility lighters and matches out of the reach of children at all times. Following these safety guidelines allows you to enjoy cooking without worrying about potential fire hazards.

2. Food and Kitchen Safety:

Thawing Turkey: Thaw your turkey safely by refrigerating it to prevent harmful bacteria growth. Avoid leaving it on the countertop, as this can be risky.

Proper Cooking: Cook the turkey perfectly; utilize a meat thermometer to confirm that the turkey reaches a minimal internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

Leftovers: It is essential to refrigerate leftover foods within two hours of cooking to prevent foodborne illnesses. The cooling will help maintain the freshness and safety of the food, ensuring it is still safe to eat later.

3. Allergen Awareness:

Communicate: It is crucial to communicate and plan accordingly by providing food alternatives if your guests have some food allergies. You can also ensure their safety by labeling dishes with potential allergens to avoid accidental consumption.

4. Travel Safety:

Traveling: Planning is crucial to ensure a smooth and safe journey. Be confident by checking the weather conditions and providing your vehicle is top-notch. Also, prepare an emergency kit to handle unexpected situations during your trip. When traveling with kids, plan well ahead. 

5. COVID-19 Precautions:

Vaccination: Make sure to urge your guests to get vaccinated before the gathering. If you’re planning a large event, confidently choose outdoor or well-ventilated spaces to prioritize the safety and well-being of everyone in attendance.

Hand Hygiene: It is crucial to establish hand sanitizing stations and strongly encourage individuals to wash their hands frequently to ensure a cleaner hand hygiene.

6. Childproofing and Decor Safety:

Candles: Using flameless candles is a foolproof way to reduce fire risk, while if you’re using traditional candles, make sure to keep them away from flammable decorations with utter diligence.

Childproofing: If children are present, it is imperative to choose child-friendly decorations that pose no risk of choking, tripping, etc. Prioritize children’s safety.

7. Alcohol Awareness:

Drink Responsibly: If alcohol is served, remind guests to drink responsibly. Arrange transportation or accommodation if needed for intoxicated individuals.

8. Gratitude and Inclusivity:

Reflect on Diversity: Thanksgiving presents a unique opportunity to showcase and celebrate diversity. By incorporating dishes from various cultures, you can create a truly inclusive atmosphere and demonstrate your appreciation for the rich tapestry of traditions that make up our world.

9. Emergency Preparedness:

Emergency Plan: Keep emergency contacts handy, have a first aid kit available, know evacuation routes, test smoke alarms to determine functionality, and ensure you have essentials like flashlights and batteries ready. Being prepared ensures a safe and secure Thanksgiving celebration.


By prioritizing safety measures and establishing a warm and welcoming atmosphere, you can confidently guarantee a Thanksgiving celebration filled with joy, gratitude, and cherished memories for everyone involved.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Soji Balogun

Soji is an associate fire protection inspector with extensive knowledge of federal, state, and municipal fire safety rules and laws. A United States military veteran and an alumnus of the New York Institute of Technology, with over a decade of work experience as a safety and compliance officer.