5 Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Celebrating Safely

Jalesa Campbell
Updated Nov 23, 2020
2 min read

1. Celebrate at home this year.

Yes, it may not be the easiest, but it’s one of the best choices since many of us are impacted by COVID-19. Cases are rising, and one of the kindest things you can do to help protect yourself and others is to stay home and celebrate this year. This may hard to consider as people want to be with their loved ones, but this is where transmissions are happening the most. If you still want to gather the family, pick who you can gather with — and how. 





2. Schedule a virtual Thanksgiving this year. 

You don’t have to spend Thanksgiving alone instead, schedule a time when you and family or friends can enjoy dinner together. You can use Zoom (which is free, by the way), Skype, an Amazon Echo Show, your smartphone, or any other device that allows you to video call or conference. Even if a video isn’t an option, a simple call can be a great way to connect with your loved ones while socially distancing. 




3. Wear a mask, keep your hands clean, and keep your distance. 



If you’re expecting more family members or friends to come over, make sure everyone wears a mask. Even those who show no symptoms can transmit the virus, making it important to take precautions. Make sure you and guests keep your hands clean and maintain at least six feet apart. The CDC also recommends single-use utensils and condiments for guests, as well as frequently cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces.



4. Offer to buy groceries or a meal for the elderly and those in need. 

For elderly family members like parents or grandparents and those in need,  consider buying their Thanksgiving groceries for them to help them celebrate. Or, if they have a favorite place they like to eat, order a meal and have it delivered to them. Sharing a little holiday spirit can go a long way, especially for those who are by themselves this time of year.




5. Keep an eye on the food!

Did you know that house fires tend to peak on Thanksgiving Day? In 2018, U.S. fire departments responded to about 1,630 cooking-related fires on Thanksgiving. A leading contributor to home cooking fires and fire-related deaths was unattended cooking. It’s easy to think that we have everything in control, yet something can go wrong in the blink of an eye. For cooking safety this Thanksgiving, don’t leave your food unattended. If a family member or friend can be present in the kitchen to help, ask if they can keep an eye out if you need to step away.



If You’re Planning to Travel, Here Are Some Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Safety Tips to Keep in Mind

  • If you’re planning to drive, try to limit the number of people as much as possible. If you can, only ride with members of your household to avoid potential virus exposure and spread.
  • If you’re traveling by public transportation, wear your mask and try to maintain your distance from others as much as possible. Use hand sanitizer whenever you can after touching high-traffic areas, and wash your hands after reaching your destination.
  • If you’re planning to fly, be sure to wear your mask and keep your distance from others as much as possible. Try to avoid touching areas of high traffic, and be sure to wash your hands once you reach your destination.


Have Fun and Celebrate Thanksgiving Safely This Year

Despite current conditions, try to make the most of this Thanksgiving. You can do many activities with your household and even over video, such as baking a traditional meal, showing off family photos, and even sharing with each other what you’re grateful for.

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Jalesa Campbell

Jalesa is one of Safety.com's staff experts on home security, natural disasters, public safety, and family safety. She's been featured on Today.com and elsewhere.

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