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Thanksgiving Safety Concerns

November 6, 2015 Hastings and Hastings

The holiday season is upon us. There is no escaping. Not that anyone would want to. What could be more fun than eating, drinking, and enjoying time with your family?Amongst all the fun and frivolity, it is important to stay safe. While Thanksgiving isn’t the most dangerous of holidays, it does pose some unique safety concerns one would be wise to be wary of.

Traffic Spikes

Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest weekends for travel. Millions of people are going to be traveling by plane and automobile. Increased traffic almost always means an increase in collisions. When you are driving on Thanksgiving weekend, you should do your best to stay safe. Practice defensive driving techniques. Familiarize yourself with the busiest times of day. Many families enjoy Thanksgiving festivities in the midafternoon, so traffic will likely be high before and after that. Keep an eye out for drunk drivers as well. If you see something, say something.

Allergy Concerns

If you are having a big Thanksgiving party with a large number of guests, you should take a moment before you plan your menu to consider possible allergy concerns. For individuals with major allergies, exposure to things like nuts, shellfish, or egg could be deadly. Individuals with these allergies are often very good at monitoring what they eat, but sometimes a deadly ingredient can sneak into a dish in a non-obvious way. Before you serve your guests, make an announcement asking if anyone has major allergies. If they do, you can inform them which dishes are safe for them. Cross contamination could be an issue here. It is always better to be safe than sorry. If there is ANY chance of exposure, let them know, and try to find an alternative.

We hope everyone has an incredible Thanksgiving. We wish you and yours the best. Happy Holidays!