20 Nov Thanksgiving Holiday Safety
Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and holiday feasts! Whether you’re preparing a Thanksgiving feast or tossing the football in the backyard, follow these tips to enjoy the holiday safely:
- Avoid wearing baggy clothing that could catch fire.
- Be sure to use protective oven mitts that comfortably cover and protect all sides of the hand when reaching into the oven
- Turn all the handles of the pots and pans on the stove inward so no one can walk by the stove and accidentally knock over a pot, scalding themselves or someone nearby
- Keep children away from hot food or liquids as the steam or splash can cause serious burns.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
- Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children and never leave children alone in a room with a lit a candle.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
Food Poisoning/Choking– One of the biggest reasons you or your guests could get sick is if you improperly handle raw meat, or undercooked meat comes into contact with vegetables or other food that’s already been cooked.
- If you’re cooking in a cramped kitchen, make sure to thoroughly wash your utensils between uses with hot, soapy water.
- Improperly preparing food, or storing and transporting it at the wrong temperature, allows bacteria to thrive. While these cases of “food poisoning” are often mild and not life-threatening, they can certainly put a damper on holiday celebrations. To ensure foods are properly prepared and stored, check the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website for safe food preparation tips.
- If a loved one is choking and can’t breathe or speak, call 911, then give him/her the Heimlich maneuver.
- Don’t offer turkey bones to your pet; like other bird bones, they are hollow, meaning that they can splinter and tear an animal’s internal organs or esophagus
- Avoid drinking and driving, as each drink impacts your ability to safely operate a vehicle.
- Use a designated driver, taxi or other car services to get home safely!
- Drink Responsibly!
No Thanksgiving would be complete without thanking the people who make our job so special.