Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for the blessings of the past year. It is a day to celebrate with family and friends. A time to remember everyone who is no longer here and to celebrate those that are still here with us.

Hopefully everyone stays safe this Thanksgiving. Cooking1 is the leading cause of fires on Thanksgiving. Fires nearly double on Thanksgiving as on any other day.

  • Check the fire alarm and have on hand fire extinguishers.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking. Make sure to turn off the stove when you leave the room.
  • Keep anything that could catch fire away from anything that generates heat.
  • Follow the manufacturers instructions if you use a turkey fryer.
  • Make sure all candles and smoking materials are extinguished.
  • Keep an eye on any oil that is on the stove.

This short clip from the movie Mrs. Doubfire illustrates how easy it is to have an accident in the kitchen:

It is also important to remember that some foods may be dangerous to our pets. The common items to watch out for:

  • Artificial sweetener Xylitol,
  • Chocolate,
  • Coffee,
  • Caffeine,
  • Candy,
  • Yeast Dough,
  • Alcohol,
  • Raisins,
  • Grapes

Here are some shopping safety tips:

  • Protect your personal information. Just because a website asks for information doesn’t mean you have to provide the information. For example in order to make a purchase the company does not need your social security number, mothers maiden name, family members birthdays, etc.
  • Know the seller and do your research.
  • Keep your computers anti-virus and anti spy-ware up to date, keep away from pop-up ads, and don’t open the electronic cards from people you don’t know as they can contain malware.
  • Don’t click in the body of any email from someone you don’t know, or that looks suspicious from someone you do know.
  • Review return, exchange, and shipping policies of companies you make purchases from
  • Keep track of any “ad-match” and “coupon” policies that stores might have
  • Don’t provide personal information over the phone to companies.  If a company calls pretending to be one you do business with hang up and call them back at a number on any official correspondence.
  • Keep a paper trail. Make sure that the companies charged you correctly on the receipt, including that the sales tax is the correct rate.
  • Keep track of the fees and dates on any gift cards that you have and buy for others
  • Report any fraud to your state DOJ.

Above all stay safe, warm, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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