Thanksgiving Reminders

Thanksgiving Reminders and Safety Tips
Posted on 11/22/2022
The Village of Arlington Heights hopes that you all have a very safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday! Below are some reminders and safety tips. 

Village Office Hours
Village Offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24th & Friday, Nov. 25th. The Police Department lobby is open 24/7, 365 days per year for assistance. 

Senior Center Hours 
The Arlington Heights Senior Center will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24th, Friday, Nov. 25th, and Saturday, Nov. 26th. 

Groot Holiday Schedule
Thanksgiving is a recognized Groot holiday. Pick-ups scheduled for Thursday & Friday will be delayed by one day. 

Fire Safety Reminders
Be smart about how you cook this season by following these ten tips:
  • Stand by your pan. If you leave your kitchen, turn the burner off.  
  • Keep an eye on what you fry! Most cooking fires start when frying food.  
  • Roll up your sleeves. This reduces the chance that they’ll catch fire.  
  • Supervise children and pets. Make sure they stay away from the stove.  
  • Watch what you’re cooking! If you see any smoke, or grease starts to boil, turn the burner off.  
    If there’s an oven fire, keep the door closed. Turn off the oven and keep the door closed until it’s cool.  
  • Move things that can burn away from the stove. This includes dishtowels, bags, boxes, paper and curtains.  
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. This is so no one can bump them or pull them over.  
  • Check smoke alarms. Make sure to have working smoke alarms close to where anyone may be sleeping. If you do not have a smoke alarm, or are unable to check or replace your smoke alarm, the Arlington Heights Fire Department offers a FREE smoke alarm and installation program! Sign up today
  • Turkey fryers that use cooking oil are not safe. These fryers use large amounts of oil at high temperatures, which can cause devastating burns. If you want a fried turkey for your Thanksgiving meal, the National Fire Protection Association recommends that you purchase one from a grocery store, restaurant, or buy a fryer that does not use oil. Only use a turkey fryer outdoors. Make sure that it the fryer is on a sturdy surface, away from things that can burn.  

Police Department Reminders
The Arlington Heights Police Department is out in full force this Thanksgiving Holiday, cracking down on drunk and impaired drivers, and seat belt violators. 
  • Make a plan for a sober ride home before you go out. 
  • If you’ve been drinking or using marijuana or other drugs, call a taxi, take mass transit, or call a family member to get you home safely.
  • Use your favorite ride-share service, such as Uber or Lyft, or use public transportation.
  • If you see a drunk driver, pull over safely and call 911.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is the best defense against an impaired driver.