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Tens of millions of Americans travel over the long Thanksgiving weekend to spend time with family and friends –  nearly 51 million are expected to travel 50 or miles from home this year, AAA estimates.

All of the extra traveling and other activities at Thanksgiving lead to a higher number of cooking and car accidents. According to The American Red Cross, the additional cooking duties over Thanksgiving leads to a higher number of house fires. On a similar note, a higher number of travelers on the highways cause more traffic accidents. The National Safety Council estimates that 407 fatal traffic accidents occurred around the Thanksgiving holiday from 2008-2013.

Our Citrus County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton want you to have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving. To ensure that you and your loved ones stay safe over this holiday weekend, please consider the following simple tips.


  • Anyone travelling in a vehicle should wear their seat belts.
  • Never drink and drive.
  • Do not drive tired.
  • Do not use your cell phone when driving for any period of time.
  • Do not speed.
  • Drive slowly in work zones and use extra caution.
  • On long trips, make sure that you rotate drivers every two or three hours.
  • Do not tailgate. It will not get you to your destination any faster, and it may cause a serious accident.
  • Turn on headlights when it starts to get dark and when you have to use your windshield wipers.


  • Thanksgiving Day is the annual peak for home cooking fires. There were 1,760 home cooking fires in 2015 reported to U.S. fire departments.
  • Cooks should not wear loose clothing around the stove.
  • Use a timer to remind you that the stove is on.
  • Keep your pets and small children away from cooking areas.
  • Check that all smoke alarms are functioning.
  • Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen for an emergency.

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One person was killed Wednesday in a mobile home fire in Dunnellon.

According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and Crystal River Fire Department, the fire broke out just after 11 a.m.

Fire officials believe a man was sleeping in the home when the fire broke out, but he managed to escape through a window. Another person became trapped in the home and could not escape.

The man who escaped told officials he tried to help the other person, but could not save that person due to the flames.

The survivor was taken to an area hospital as a precaution.

By the time firefighters arrived, the home was almost completely engulfed in flames.

The mobile home has been declared a total loss. The state fire marshal’s office is investigating the fire.

Around 22,000 fires occur in mobile homes annually, killing 500 people and injuring 1,000. Sadly, fire death rates for mobile homes are two times higher than those in other types of dwellings. The leading cause of mobile home fires are faulty electrical and heating equipment.

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A Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone, issued as a replacement for the recalled version of the device, exploded this morning during boarding of Southwest Airlines Flight 994 in Louisville, according to reports.

While no injuries were reported, the incident generated enough smoke to force the evacuation of the plane and cancel the flight to Baltimore.

The phone was apparently a replacement for the Galaxy Note 7 phones Samsung recalled in mid-September.

Samsung issued the following statement:

“There is no evidence that this incident is related to the new Note7. We are working with the authorities and Southwest now to recover the device and confirm the cause.”

The Galaxy Note 7 caused minor damage to the plane’s carpet, where the phone was dropped. The incident comes in the wake of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission formally recalling 1 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones last month. According to the CPSC, Samsung received 92 reports of batteries overheating in the US, resulting in 26 instances of property damage.

Companies have an obligation to consumers to put out safe products for use. Fortunately, no one was harmed in this incident. However, serious burn injuries could have easily occurred. When a product is defective, like the Galaxy Note 7, there can be multiple responsible parties, including the manufacturer, the wholesaler or distributor, and often the retailer of the product.

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