Thanksgiving is almost here and across the country, Americans are gearing up for one of the most spectacular feasts of the year. While Thanksgiving brings family and friends together for laughter and good food, it’s important to remember the risks that are associated with the activities of the day. More than just turkey fryer and fire incidents, but chances of food poisoning and travel incidents as well.
Wherever you plan to have Thanksgiving, whether with family or friends, you have to arrive and we’d all like to do so safely. The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year. Be sure you don’t miss out on the meal.
- Prep your vehicle the day before to make sure it is road-ready. Top off the fluids and check the tire pressure. Check the spare too! Start the trip with a full tank of gas.
- Don’t drink and drive. Plan ahead if your going to partake in more than the turkey. Some areas offer Uber, that generally offers a free ride within so many miles when you first sign up, or perhaps a taxi.
- Try to travel outside the busiest days, which are Wednesday before and the Sunday afterwards.
- If you are flying, pack smartly and plan ahead for security lines to move smoothly.
- WATCH FOR DEER! Be mindful of road hazards.
Following these food safety tips can keep any Thanksgiving meal safe from bacteria and keep your family and friends from getting sick:
- A 20-pound frozen turkey can take up to five days to thaw out so be sure to plan ahead.
- Place a pan under your Turkey as it defrosts to catch and juices and keep refrigerated until ready to cook. If fridge space is limited a cooler of ice may help with extra space for the day.
- The internal temperature for a turkey needs to be 165°F. See a Turkey roasting chart HERE
- Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours after serving
Fires on Thanksgiving is triple that of a normal day. Here a few simple ways to avoid fires:
- “Stand by your pan” Never leave food, grease, or oils cooking on the stove-top unattended.
- Don’t use ice or water to cool down oil or put out an oil fire
- Keep an extinguisher approved for cooking or grease fire nearby.
- For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
- Keep oven mitts, towels, pot holders and other flammable items away from stove.
- Keep children out of the kitchen. More than the fact they could hurt themselves, small children can become tripping hazards on a busy day in the kitchen.
- Re-think long sleeves and jackets while cooking as they can catch fire more easily.
- Face pot handles towards the rear of the stove to prevent them from being knocked over.
Maybe it is your house everyone is coming to this season. Here are a few things you can to to help prevent a claim against your home.
- Lock up pets, to avoid innocent, but potentially serious, accidents.
- Secure fireplaces and/or furnaces from small children.
- Clear paths and walkways that lead to you home that may be tripping hazards.
- Store risky items, such as medicines, chemicals and small choking hazards, out of reach or lock them in a cabinet.
- Safety covers for electrical outlets are an easy fix to a potentially big problem, especially if young visitors are expected.
Hopefully this list will help in having a joyful, but safe holiday. As for those of you that will venture out the day after on Black Friday, that is a whole other article in its self and all i can say is good luck and stay safe!