Thanksgiving time for sharing--and safety


With the holiday approaching, I thought I’d share a couple of industry-related Thanksgiving news items that crossed my desk.

One is about the generosity of California-based Bay Alarm. Thanks to the efforts of company employees, more than 500 low-income families will be guaranteed a Thanksgiving feast.

The company said its employees have held fundraisers ranging from car washes to auctions this year “to continue their time-honored tradition of serving turkeys to families facing financial hardship.” The initiative was started by Bay Alarm’s Oakland branch office in 1998, and corporate headquarters matches the proceeds, the company said.

The money will enable employees this week to distribute over 500 turkeys and dozens of hams to families through a variety of nonprofit organizations that feed needy families and the homeless throughout the year.

On another note, the National Fire Protection Association has some safety advice as we cook our holiday turkeys and all the trimmings.

According to the NFPA’s education division, “Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving kitchen equipment.”

The NFPA urges families to keep kids out of the kitchen and away from the stove, hot liquids and foods. Also, check on your turkey and food on the stovetop frequently during cooking, and test your smoke alarms to make sure they’re working by pushing the test button.

Have a generous and safe holiday!