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7 Thanksgiving Safety Tips: Do You Know Them All?

Thanksgiving is almost here. You’re probably already gearing up to have your home filled with your loved ones, but you have to think about general Turkey Day safety that applies to every year’s festivities. Before you work on your Thanksgiving plans, first, check out these safety tips and see how many you knew!

7 important Thanksgiving celebration safety tips:

  1. Turkey temperature: Turkey should be cooked to 165°F and with that temperature maintained for a few minutes. This will practically ensure that all bacteria that might be living on the turkey are eliminated. Some recipes call for a turkey to only reach 150°F, but this can be risky because that temperature needs to be maintained for longer for it to be effective at killing bacteria. If you want to play it safe, use a cooking thermometer, place it into the thickest cut of meat on the turkey, and make sure it reads 165°F.
  1. Too many chefs: When preparing your Thanksgiving meal, too much help can be a hindrance. Keep your kitchen clear of extra “helpers” while you work, especially when using a knife or handling a hot appliance or dish. Children who want to help cook should do so in the dining room and only with tasks that don’t require flames or sharp edges.
  1. Choking hazards: Thanksgiving is one of the riskiest days of the year when it comes to choking on food because most people scoop bigger portions than they normally would. You and at least one other adult in your group should be comfortable with performing the Heimlich and basic first aid on adults and children. Check local medical clinics to see if they offer official Heimlich courses because performing it incorrectly can do more harm than good.
  1. Table scrap disposal: The trashcan is where table scraps should go, not the dog bowl. Feeding Spike or Fido your Thanksgiving leftovers can be dangerous because pets are allergic to different foods than we are. The onions on top of the green bean casserole? They can be dangerous to dogs when eaten in large quantities. Turkey bones should definitely not be given to a pet because they can splinter when eaten and cause internal injuries.
  1. Fire extinguishing: Know how to put out any fires that might start in your kitchen before you start cooking anything. Keep a fire extinguisher in an accessible location and verify that it is well pressurized; the pressure gauge arrow should be in the center and pointing into the green. Also, remember that grease fires get worse with water. You need to extinguish a grease fire by smothering it. Baking powder can also extinguish small grease fires.
  1. Candle safety: Speaking of fire dangers, candles can be downright menaces in your home if you aren’t careful with how they are used. Never place a lit candle where it can be reached by children or pets who might be curious about it. Lit candles must also not be put near flammable objects or where an object could fall into them. Candles should be extinguished before everyone leaves the room.
  1. Traffic control: Maybe you aren’t cooking or hosting Thanksgiving this year, but will instead visit a family member? Travel smart to get there safe and sound. Thanksgiving is usually the busiest travel day of the year, especially for transportation hubs like airports, railway stations, and major highways. Try to arrive earlier than necessary so you can avoid the worst traffic jams. Plan your route to skip busy roads, too, reducing your risk of getting into a car accident with a hasty or distracted driver.

From our entire team at Carter Mario Law Firm in Connecticut, we wish you and your family the happiest and safest Thanksgiving this year and every year! If you ever need our law firm’s help with an injury claim, please know you can contact us at any time to request a free consultation. It’s all part of Our 8-Point Guarantee!

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