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The Edwards Law Firm Wants You to Stay Safe this Thanksgiving

Posted on behalf of Edwards Law Firm on Nov 26, 2014 in Personal Injury

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends, enjoying good food and being grateful for the joys of the past year.

While the holiday is often a time of peace and reflection, it also comes with its own hazards. Follow our tips below, and make sure your Thanksgiving is a time to remember for all the right reasons.

Tip #1: Go Easy On the Alcohol

The night before thanksgiving (known in some areas as Blackout Wednesday) has become famous for excessive drinking. The combination of a day off work, students home for the holiday, and people visiting their hometowns has led to a rise in binge drinking the night before Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Eve has actually become the night with one of the highest rates of DUI arrests. If you plan to partake in this pre-celebration, make sure you have a designated driver. In addition, everyone should try to avoid driving late at night, as the risks of being hit by a drunk driver increase exponentially as it gets later. 

Tip #2: Practice Safe Food Hygiene

No one wants to spend the Thanksgiving holiday recovering from food poisoning. To keep you and your family safe, make sure to use good food safety practices.

Tips include keeping your turkey separated from other groceries like fruits and vegetables. The meat (and the packaging) may contain harmful bacteria like salmonella which can be transferred to other foods.

In addition, turkeys can take several hours, or even days to thaw. Make sure your bird is thoroughly cooked by fully defrosting your turkey prior to roasting, and always use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.

If you must deep-fry your turkey, always keep a fire extinguisher on hand to put out any grease fires.

Tip #3: Protect Yourself on Black Friday

Black Friday shopping is a tradition that seems to get crazier every year. From crowded parking lots to long lines at stores, the potential for injuries is high.

If you decide to brave the frenzied shoppers, be aware of the crowds and practice defensive driving. If you do get into an accident, always contact an experienced attorney like those at The Edwards Law Firm to protect your legal rights.  

From all of us at The Edwards Law Firm, have a happy (and safe!) Thanksgiving holiday!

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