How to Safely Prepare a Thanksgiving Dinner

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That time of year is approaching again when families and friends gather to celebrate Thanksgiving and its delicious feast. While it’s an exciting time to enjoy our favorite dishes and catch up with loved ones, it’s important also to prioritize safety measures to ensure a fun and hazard-free environment.

At Carlson Insurance Group, we prioritize protection and security above all else. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips to help you prepare your Thanksgiving dinner safely this year, with focus on home protection, weather precautions, and general safety.

Home Protection

  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working correctly, and change the batteries if needed.
  • Keep flammable items, such as towels or papers, away from heat sources.
  • Consider additional protection measures by installing a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
  • Plan ahead for an emergency by having the numbers for fire and EMS services handy.

Weather Precautions

  • If you plan to fry your turkey, ensure that the fryer is placed outside and away from the house structure, and never leave it unattended.
  • Check the weather forecast leading up to and during the day. If there’s a risk of rain or snow, place anti-slip mats and test any outdoor equipment you’ll be using.
  • Consider alternative indoor activities if weather conditions worsen.


  • Ensure countertops and knives are kept clear of clutter to prevent accidents.
  • Have one person designated as the cook and avoid overcrowding the kitchen.
  • When cooking, remember never to leave food unattended on the stovetop or oven.
  • Store hot foods properly in airtight containers, and refrigerate leftovers within two hours of preparation to avoid food-borne illnesses.

By keeping these safety measures in mind, you can enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving celebration with your loved ones. If you’re interested in exploring further home protection options, feel free to contact us at Carlson Insurance Group. We’re always here to help you find solutions to your protection needs.

Happy Thanksgiving from Carlson Insurance Group!

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