Thanksgiving is a time for celebration and gratitude, but it's important to prioritize safety, especially when it comes to preparing and handling food, as well as ensuring the well-being of your guests. Here are some Thanksgiving safety tips to keep in mind:
Thaw the turkey in the refrigerator, allowing 24 hours of thawing time for every 4-5 pounds of turkey.
Wash hands, utensils, and surfaces frequently, especially after handling raw meat.
Cook the turkey to an internal temperature of at least 165°F (74°C). Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature in the thickest part of the thigh and the stuffing.
Don't leave perishable foods out at room temperature for more than two hours. Refrigerate leftovers promptly.
Keep flammable items, such as kitchen towels and oven mitts, away from the stove.
Be cautious when using knives and other sharp kitchen tools. Pay attention to what you're doing and keep children away from the cooking area.
Use timers to avoid overcooking or forgetting about dishes in the oven.
Ensure smoke alarms are working properly. Test them before cooking.
Keep an eye on open flames, such as those from candles, and never leave them unattended.
Have a fire extinguisher on hand and know how to use it.
Keep children away from the stove and hot surfaces. Establish a "kid-free zone" in the kitchen.
Be mindful of hot liquids and foods that can cause burns. Keep them out of reach of children.
If you're traveling for Thanksgiving, plan your route in advance, and check weather and road conditions.
Ensure your vehicle is in good condition, and have an emergency kit on hand.
Follow local guidelines and recommendations for gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
If hosting a gathering, consider the vaccination status of attendees and encourage those who are unvaccinated to wear masks.
If alcohol is being served, be aware of your guests' alcohol consumption. Arrange for designated drivers or alternative transportation if needed.
Be aware of any food allergies your guests may have, and clearly label dishes with potential allergens.
By following these Thanksgiving safety tips, you can help ensure a joyful and accident-free holiday for you and your loved ones.