Thanksgiving Safety Tips: Travel, Food, Fire, and Pet
We’re Thankful for YOU!
At EMS Safety, we’re thankful for many of the same things you are: family, friends, pets, good health, and being able to help save lives. Furthermore, we’re thankful for you. Without you, we couldn’t come to work each day and educate others about the importance of CPR, AED and First Aid training. From all of us here at EMS Safety Services, thank you! Enjoy these safety tips, and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving means friends and family, but have you considered the most dangerous part of Thanksgiving is getting to where you’re going? The busiest travel day in the U.S. is the day before thanksgiving, and 90% of the folks traveling do so by automobile. Stay safe on the road by being vigilant and a defensive driver.
What’s the best part of Thanksgiving other than loved ones? Simple. The food! But an overlooked safety precaution in the kitchen could have you feeling under the weather instead of napping on the couch. For optimal safety, be sure to cook your stuffing in a casserole dish rather than inside your turkey. Doing so will prevent cross contamination. Another cross contamination issue comes from your hands, utensils and other surfaces after handling poultry. Always disinfect everything that comes into contact with your turkey before moving onto your next dish. Speaking of turkey, do you know the minimum internal cooking temperature for turkey and minimum oven temperature? The correct answers are 165°F and 325°F, respectively.
There are typically 2,000 residential fires on Thanksgiving each year, and most of those occur between 12P.M. and 4P.M. Ensuring your smoke detector is operational and that circuits are not overloaded are essential elements of fire safety. Beyond that, controlling the number of people in your kitchen can prevent overcrowding and spills, which can result in burns and fires. Asking your guests to relax in another room is a great way to avoid an overcrowded kitchen.
If you’re like us, your pet is just another member of the family. If you decide to let your four-legged family members partake in a special treat from your Thanksgiving feast, consider what you’re giving them first. Turkey bones can cause digestion issues. Offering your pet a portion without bone is sure to keep them happy and healthy. If you don’t feed your pet human food, consider giving them a toy during your meal to keep them entertained and out of trouble.