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Thanksgiving Safety

Preparation and Decorations

Thanksgiving would not be the same without turkeys, yet very few people take the time to learn how to handle them properly. Any poultry needs special attention when handling.
Thawing a frozen turkey the proper way is important to the safety of your family.

  • Never thaw a turkey at room temperature because this promotes the growth of dangerous bacteria.
    The safest way to thaw a turkey is to thaw it in the refrigerator. You should do this with the turkey still in its’ own unopened wrapper breast facing up and placed on a tray.

  • Start holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven
  • Keep the kitchen off-limits to young children and adults that are not helping with food preparations to lessen the possibility of kitchen mishaps.
  • When cooking, do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or dangling jewelry. The clothing can catch on fire and the jewelry can catch on pot handles, causing spills and burns.ook on the back burners when possible and turn pot handles in so they don’t extend over the edge of the stove.
  • Never leave cooking unattended. If you must leave the kitchen while cooking, turn off the stove or have someone else watch  what is being cooked.
  • Keep Thanksgiving decorations and kitchen clutter away from sources of direct heat.

Some Interesting Facts About Thanksgiving
  • About 270 million turkeys are raised in the United States each year
  • The typical American eats about 13.6 pounds of turkey a year, with a good bit of it at Thanksgiving time.
  • About 572 million pounds of cranberries and 1.4 billion pounds of sweet potatoes are produced in the United States each year
  • The first Thanksgiving wasn't really celebrated by the Pilgrims, but was instead celebrated by Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado in Texas in 1541
  • It wasn't until 1939 that Thanksgiving was officially on the fourth Thursday in November. In previous years, Thanksgiving might have been celebrated on the 1st, 3rd or last Thursday in November.

More importantly, Thanksgiving is a time to make sure that you take steps to keep your kids safe. In addition to being mindful of any food allergies that your guests may have and childproofing your home, you should make sure that you prepare your Thanksgiving meal safely.

 
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