Here are five Thanksgiving safety tips you may find handy this holiday season:
1. Safe Cooking Practices:
Ensure that all kitchen equipment, including oven mitts, pot holders, and cooking utensils, are in good condition.
Never leave the kitchen unattended while cooking. Use a timer to remind you when dishes are ready, and regularly check on food in the oven or on the stove.
Keep flammable items, such as kitchen towels and wooden utensils, away from open flames or hot surfaces to prevent accidental fires.
2. Proper Food Handling:
Wash hands thoroughly before handling food, and be mindful of cross-contamination by using separate cutting boards for raw meats and vegetables.
Refrigerate leftovers promptly to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Perishable foods should not be left at room temperature for more than two hours (or one hour if the temperature is above 90°F/32°C).
3. Fire Safety:
Be cautious with candles and decorative lights. Keep them away from flammable materials, and never leave them unattended.
If using a turkey fryer, follow the manufacturer's instructions closely, and place the fryer on a stable surface away from flammable structures. Never use a fryer indoors, and keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
4. Child Safety:
Keep sharp objects, such as knives and scissors, out of reach of children. Supervise children in the kitchen to prevent accidents.
Be mindful of small objects that could be choking hazards, especially if there are young children present. Keep small items like decorations, toys, and other potential hazards out of reach.
5. Travel Safety:
If traveling, ensure your vehicle is in good condition before the trip. Check tire pressure, fluid levels, and brakes.
Plan your route in advance, share your travel plans with someone, and check weather and road conditions. Avoid distractions while driving and take breaks to prevent fatigue.
If consuming alcohol, designate a sober driver or arrange alternative transportation options to ensure everyone gets home safely. Never drink and drive.
We wish you a happy, healthy and SAFE Thanksgiving!