Thanksgiving is an exciting holiday. We usually get together with our families and friends, with an opportunity to reflect and be thankful for the many blessings in our lives. Some of us travel, some of us cook, and finally we sit together to enjoy the food-fest.

Part of creating beautiful memories is keeping ourselves and families safe. If you are traveling by car, make sure your layers of clothing do not obstruct your seatbelt. For babies, in particular, cover with a blanket after buckled, instead of buckling with a jacket on. Make sure you’ve locked all your windows and doors before leaving your house.

The busiest area of the house will probably be the kitchen. Make sure hot pans and dishes are out of reach of children by not having them too close to the edge of counters. Also be mindful of where you place knives and sharp cooking tools. If you have a fireplace on, make sure it is protected by a sturdy screen and keep an eye on small, curious children.

Another thing to bear in mind is medicine in your home. Keep them out of reach of children by placing them in secure and tall cabinets. Never leave them in sight, in purses, counters, or dressers.

All in all, use your best judgment, plan ahead, don’t stress, and enjoy!