With the Thanksgiving Holiday approaching, residents are eagerly making travel plans and beginning hosting preparations. Lafourche Parish Communications District officials offer Safety facts and tips for this holiday, and the best ways to be a safe host, courtesy of Smart911.
Cooking Safety
•Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, and two of every five home fires start in the kitchen, so keep your kitchen safe this holiday by staying close when frying, or broiling.
•If you are deep frying your turkey this year, be sure it is completely thawed before cooking.
•Keep anything that can catch fire- pot holders, towels, food packaging- away from the stovetop. Always keep a lid nearby to smother small fires.

Driving Safety

•Automobile crashed cause by deer, alcohol and bad weather are more common during Thanksgiving week thank the rest of the year. Stay alert, check road conditions before leaving the home and always have a designated driver.
•There are most vehicles travelling the roads during Thanksgiving week, and more chances for an accident to happen. Buckle Up, and be sure everyone in the vehicle has a seatbelt fastened as well.

Be Prepared
While you can’t always predict an emergency, you can be prepared. Sign up at www.Smart911.com or if you have already signed up for Smart911 be sure to log in to update or confirm the information in your Safety Profile.
Smart911 is a free service which allows citizens to create a Safety Profile for their household of any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in an emergency. Once signed up, each account must be confirmed every 6 months to ensure the information is accurate and up to date. Visit www.smart911.com to sign up or to update your account.