Thanksgiving Safety Tips
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and with that comes a lot of food preparation, family, friends, and loved ones visiting and the start of the holidays. With all the good times there are also safety precautions to keep in mind. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Taking the right steps upfront will ensure you and your guests will have an enjoyable day free of any hazards.
T – Thaw the turkey below 40° F. Do not sit the turkey on the counter to thaw, the exterior layers will be thawed long before the center and you run the risk of bacteria growing.
U – Use caution when frying a turkey. It has become a very popular method for cooking turkeys over the years but, it can also be very dangerous. Do not fry a turkey indoors. Select an area with ample ventilation and a safe distance away from your home.
R- Remember to clean cooking surfaces regularly. Food preparation for Thanksgiving can take hours and you want to be sure you’re cleaning the surfaces you’re preparing food on frequently to avoid any spread of bacteria.
K- Keep children and pets away from hot surfaces. We don’t want any little hands or paws burned. It can easily happen with all the festivities taking place so keep an eye on the kiddos and 4 legged friends.
E- Ensure you cook the turkey to at least 165° F. Cooking times vary with weight and method of cooking but, you always want to make sure you reach the right temperature so that you’re confident it’s cooked all the way through.
Y- Your smoke detector should be tested before cooking. If you didn’t check your smoke detector when you changed your clocks back earlier in the month NOW is the time to do it. Do no wait until you’re cooking to then find out it doesn’t work.
The holidays are a special time and we wish all of you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!