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Thanksgiving is the perfect time to get together with family, enjoy a delicious meal, and make wonderful memories. If you’re traveling out of town to visit loved ones, or inviting relatives and friends over to your home, there are some simple safety tips that should be followed to ensure a happy, stress-free holiday.

Don’t share travel plans online

If your family is planning to leave home for a few days to spend the holiday with friends or loved ones, don’t share those plans publicly. It’s not a good idea to advertise the fact that your home will be empty, and it’s especially bad to share that information on social media sites. Only share your plans with trusted relatives, friends, and neighbors.

Secure your home

When leaving your home, you don’t want it to be obvious that no one is there for days at a time. Set your lights on timers so that it appears like someone is home in the evenings. Secure all windows and doors, turn on your security system, and ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye out for you. A dark, empty home is more appealing to potential robbers. Check all locks on the doors before you leave.

Avoid kitchen hazards with kids

Cooking can be a great way to socialize, but when preparing large meals, keep small children out of the kitchen. Hazards like hot burners, boiling pots, and sharp knives can quickly ruin the festivities. Keep an eye on the young kids when they enter the kitchen, and make sure that they’re occupied in other areas of the home during meal preparation.

Know where kids are

From airports to football games to shopping centers to large family gatherings, you can know just where your children are at all times with a GPS tracker. If the kids are headed out in the neighborhood to play a game of football, have peace of mind in letting them go by tracking their location. The Thanksgiving holiday is a great time for kids and teens to socialize with friends and family, but it’s essential that they stay safe at the same time.