Turkey Day Safety
Hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner. While the holiday season is typically filled with tasty food, festive decorations, and time with family and friends, there are also some safety concerns to keep in mind.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the top day for home fires caused by cooking accidents. In fact, 2 times more home fires are reported on Thanksgiving than on an average day! So how can you reduce your risk? Follow these tips:
- Never leave your home while food is baking in the oven. Additionally, set an oven timer so you don’t burn your food
- Keep young children and pets away from the stove
- Clear the floor in your kitchen from any tripping hazards
- Stay in the kitchen when food is cooking on the stovetop
- Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling jewelry while cooking
- Check the batteries in your smoke alarms
It’s an American tradition to gorge ourselves on Thanksgiving dinner, but if you’re not careful, that tasty meal may leave you sick
- Cook your turkey until the temperature reaches at least 165 degrees
- Avoid leaving food out too long. Toss perishable food if it has been unrefrigerated for 2 or more hours
- If you are traveling with a food dish, keep them at safe temps. Keep warm foods at 140 or higher by wrapping in foil and towels. Keep cool dishes at 40 degrees or lower with coolers filled with ice.
- The 5-second rule is a myth! If you drop your dinner roll, put it in the trash, not your mouth.
If you are heading out to eat someone else’s Thanksgiving feast, keep these travel safety tips in mind before you go:
- Check road conditions frequently. Montana weather can vary drastically from one end of the state to the other. http://oss.weathershare.org/#
- Keep an emergency supply kit in your car for all members of your family:
- Heavy coat, gloves, hat
- Sturdy boots
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Extra water and food
- Small shovel or scoop (you can also pop off a hubcap or the windshield visor and use it to scoop snow)
- Bright flagging or a flashlight to identify your location
- First aid kit
- Don’t rush. Expect heavy traffic. Leave early so you don’t have to hurry.
- Keep your gas tank full- no one wants to be stranded in a cold car.