The Most Important Item on the Thanksgiving Menu: Safety


With Thanksgiving just a few days away, the appetizers, the big bird and the desserts are probably at the top of your mind. But whether you’re testing out a new dish or concocting a family-favorite there’s one recipe that should without-a-doubt be included on the menu this Thanksgiving: safety. See below to find out how to keep yourself, your family and your home in the clear as you prepare for one of the largest dinners of the year:

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  • Working smoke alarms
  • Functioning GFCIs
  • Vigilance
  • Sparkling clean appliances


  1. Smoke alarms should not only be installed on every level of the house, but in every bedroom as well. If possible, make sure they’re interconnected so if one goes off, the others follow.
  2. Use this as a reminder to test the batteries in all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  3. GFCIs, or ground fault circuit interrupters, should be installed wherever electricity and water may come in contact with each other. This includes the kitchen and bathrooms.
  4. Make sure your oven and stovetop are clean. Wipe away dust and grease which could potentially lead to a fire. It’s also wise to clean the exhaust hood.
  5. NEVER leave cooking unattended. If you must leave the kitchen, ask a family member or friend to step in for a few minutes until you return.

Need somebody to install new smoke alarms in your Philadelphia home? Why not call on the friendly neighborhood electricians at GEN3 Electric? Give us a call at 215-512-4102 or visit our website.

About The Author

Bill earned a degree in Electrical Engineering and Architecture, then founded Generation 3 Electric in 2000. His father, an electrician, was his inspiration. These days, Bill actively manages his company and enjoys focusing on new technology and marketing.