Why Thanksgiving is the most dangerous holiday in America

Mail Online | 11/20/2018 | Mary Kekatos Health Reporter For Dailymail.com
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Americans know how to celebrate - big.

'Go hard or go home', something of a national motto since it was coined in the 90s by an ad for a motorcycle company in southern California, comes to mind.

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So it's appropriate that Thanksgiving, arguably the most important family holiday in the US annual calendar, happens to be one of the most hazardous of the year.

Without fail, the third Thursday of November sees peaks of car accidents, fires, food poisoning and emergency visits for overdoing it on the food, booze or both.

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With a lethal cocktail of enough days to travel, enough alcohol for a small village, a notoriously arduous bird to cook, and more, it seems danger is lurking around every corner.

But there are ways to protect yourself.

Experts - Year - Year - Tips - Thanks

We spoke to the experts who have to deal with this year on year for their top tips on how to give your thanks in the safest way possible.

1. MOST HOMES FIRES OCCUR ON THANKSGIVING DAY

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Thanksgiving Day is by far the peak day when it comes to home cooking fires.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are three times more home fires on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year.

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Statistics show that in 2015, fire stations responded to about 1,760 home cooking fires.

Unattended cooking is by far the leading cause and, when it comes to cooking equipment, deep fryers are the biggest culprit.

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'When you fry a turkey, the moisture from the turkey could cause the hot oil to overflow, which can cause fires and burns,' Jim Bullock, president of NY Fire Consultants, told DailyMail.com.

And while putting the deep fryer outside can help prevent a fire, Bullock says you should keep it far away from your house because, if the oil flares up, your home can...
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