Thanksgiving Safety

Happy Thanksgiving! Below are some tips to keep in mind as you and your family prepare for the holiday feast.

Turkey Safety

  • A fresh turkey should be refrigerated and cooked within two days of purchase.
  • Thaw frozen turkey in the refrigerator and allow 24 hours for every 4-5 lbs.
  • When thawing turkey in cold water, submerge the turkey (wrapped in leak-proof
    packaging) in very cold water (every 1 lb. needs 30-minutes to thaw). The water should be changed every 30-minutes.
  • Cook immediately after thawing.
  • Consider cooking the stuffing separately to reduce the risk of bacterial growth in the
    body cavity of the turkey.
  • Use a thermometer on the innermost part of the thigh and wing, as well as the thickest portion of the breast, to ensure that the turkey is well cooked.
  • Wait 20-minutes to carve giving the juices time to settle.
  • Keep clean! Wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling food. Keep all surfaces and utensils clean.

Cooking Safely

  • Start with a clean cooking surface.
  • Never leave cooking food unattended.
  • Turn pot handles in so they don’t extend over the edge of the stove.
  • Don’t wear clothing with loose sleeves that can catch on fire.
  • Be sure to keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, and know how to use it.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer, or mixer are not dangling off the counter.
  • Double-check the kitchen before you leave making sure appliances are turned off.
  • Have activities for the kids to keep them out of the kitchen while cooking.

Responding to a Cooking Fire

  • Never douse a grease fire with water.
  • Turn off the burner, smother the flames with a lid (wearing an oven mitt).
  • Douse the fire with baking soda.
  • Only attempt to extinguish a fire in its early stages, when it’s small.
  • Once the fire is extinguished, turn the heat off and let the pot cool.
  • Always have an escape route.
  • Evacuate if you cannot control the fire.

Safety always. Home, work, and play.

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