Thanksgiving: The Deadliest Holiday of the Year and Ways to Stay Safe

November 22, 2023 by
Thanksgiving: The Deadliest Holiday of the Year and Ways to Stay Safe
Zarc International, Inc., Alex Froelich

Thanksgiving is known for family gatherings and feasting on delicious food, but it also holds the title of the deadliest holiday of the year. According to the National Safety Council, Thanksgiving is one of the deadliest holidays due to the high number of road accidents, kitchen fires, and other mishaps. As adults, it's our responsibility to ensure the safety of ourselves and our loved ones during Thanksgiving celebrations. In this blog post, we will discuss the ways in which we can stay safe while still enjoying this festive holiday.

 Travel Safety

Thanksgiving is the busiest travel time of the year, which means more cars on the road and a higher possibility of accidents. Always ensure that you're wearing your seatbelt and following traffic rules. Avoid driving while distracted, tired, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you're feeling sleepy during a long drive, make sure to pull over and rest.

 Kitchen Safety

Cooking is a big part of Thanksgiving celebrations, but it also comes with risks. Keep flammable materials like kitchen towels and paper napkins away from the stove, oven, and other hot surfaces. Make sure that all appliances are functioning correctly and never leave them unattended. Use oven mitts or dry cloths to handle hot pots and pans.


Fire Safety

Home fires and accidents increase during Thanksgiving celebrations. Be careful when lighting candles, and never leave them unattended. Keep an eye on the fireplace and make sure it's functioning correctly. Have a fire extinguisher within reach in case of emergencies.


Alcohol Safety

Alcohol consumption is a significant cause of accidents during Thanksgiving. It is essential to drink responsibly and avoid drunk driving at all costs. Provide non-alcoholic beverages to guests if you're hosting a gathering. Ask for a designated driver or call a taxi if you're going to a party and plan to drive back.


COVID-19 Safety

The COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, and we must remember to follow safety protocols. If you're hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, consider having it outdoors or limiting the number of guests to stay under a certain capacity. Ask guests with flu-like symptoms or those who came from a high-risk area to stay at home.



Thanksgiving is a holiday to be enjoyed by everyone, but it's essential to remember that our safety is paramount. With a little bit of precaution and care, we can avoid common accidents and mishaps. Follow the tips shared in this blog post and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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