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Posted on: November 1, 2016 by Edwards & Patterson Law


With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you are probably making plans now for the big holidays, from who will attend your feast to what you will prepare. As you plan for this classic American celebration, consider these top five ways to spend your Thanksgiving holiday and avoid a personal injury in McAlester.

1. Cook a delicious meal using safe food preparation and cooking techniques.edwards-patterson-top-5-thanksgiving-01

The November holiday would not be complete without a Thanksgiving feast. As you plan your meal and prepare it with your family and friends, be sure to use safe food preparation and cooking techniques, such as:

  • Thaw your turkey in the refrigerator, not on the counter.
  • Keep sharp knives away from youngsters.
  • Never leave the house with the oven or stove on.
  • Keep little ones out of the kitchen, especially away from the oven and stove to prevent burn injuries.

AtlanticTraining also reminds Thanksgiving hosts to ensure that their smoke alarms are working.

2. Travel to see friends and family safely.edwards-patterson-top-5-thanksgiving-02

If you will be traveling this holiday like many other people in Oklahoma and across the country, make sure you do so safely. Plan your route in advance, and make sure your car has been serviced prior to long trips. When driving through traffic and over long distances, be sure to rest when needed, and put distractions away.

3. Drink responsibly.edwards-patterson-top-5-thanksgiving-03

Planning to enjoy a beverage or two during your Thanksgiving celebration? If you do, be sure to spend the night at your host’s home or get a ride back to your own place with a sober driver. According to a blog published by SafeAuto, Thanksgiving is notoriously one of the deadliest holidays for drivers in America as a result of increased traffic on the road, nighttime driving, impaired driving, and navigating unfamiliar roads.

4. Visit loved ones in nursing homes.edwards-patterson-top-5-thanksgiving-04

The holidays are a great time to visit loved ones in nursing homes, as well as those who may have to spend the holiday at a hospital. During your visit, check in with your loved one regarding their experience and level of care they are receiving, and keep an eye out for any signs of neglect or abuse.

5. Play – or watch – some football.edwards-patterson-top-5-thanksgiving-05

Food and family are not the only things that characterize the Thanksgiving holiday. Football is at the top of the list, too. If you’ll be participating in a family and friends football game this year, be sure to keep it friendly. Opt for flag football instead of tackle, and make sure everyone knows the rules. Traumatic brain injuries and other injuries can result from falling or being tackled, so be careful and seek medical care if an injury does occur.

Injured in an Accident at Thanksgiving or Anytime? We Can Help!

At the offices of Edwards & Patterson Law, we want to make sure that you have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. To read more about safe techniques and practices, or what to do if you do suffer an injury this Thanksgiving holiday, check out our McAlester personal injury blog. If you need the help of a personal injury attorney, you can call us directly, or fill out our online form and we will be in touch shortly to provide a free claim review and advice about your legal options.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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