Driver and Homeowner Risks During the Thanksgiving Holiday

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Keep Yourself Out of Harm’s Way This Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time for families and friends to get together and celebrate what they are thankful for from the past year. For many, this means traveling home or places they don't frequent, and homeowners preparing for days to welcome guests. With the hustle and bustle of this season, it's important to be aware of the increased risks that may appear and how to keep yourself safe.

Traffic Safety Tips for Holiday Travelers

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year. According to AAA, nearly 50 million Americans will take to the roads this holiday. With all of this extra traffic on the road, there is an increased risk of accidents. Here are some tips to help keep you safe while driving during Thanksgiving:

  • Plan your route in advance and take into account traffic patterns and expected delays.
  • Make sure your vehicle is in good condition before embarking on a long trip. This includes checking the oil level, tire pressure, and brakes.
  • Drive defensively and be aware of other drivers around you. Be especially cautious of those who may be driving under the influence of alcohol, as rates of DUI increase during holidays.

Incident Prevention for Homeowners

If you're hosting guests this Thanksgiving, there are some extra safety hazards to be aware of in your home. Here are some tips to help keep your home safe during the holiday:

  • Inspect your home for any potential fire hazards, such as loose electrical wiring or candles left unattended.
  • If you're cooking a large meal, be sure to have a fire extinguisher on hand in case of an emergency.
  • Keep small children and pets away from the stove and other potential hazards in the kitchen.
  • Be aware of potential trip and fall hazards in and around the exterior of your home, such as extension cords, pet toys, and other clutter.

By using these tips, you can ensure the holiday season is safe for your family and guests.

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident or premises liability issue, contact The Chopin Law Firm LLC for help. We can walk you through the claims process and keep you informed of your rights. Call (504) 475-2429 to schedule a free consultation.
 

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