Thanksgiving Dinner Safety

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Thanksgiving would not be the same without friends, family and a large meal. Here are some tips to keep everyone safe during this special day.

-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. The accepted rule of thumb for time is 1 day refrigerator thawing for every four pounds of turkey.

- Start holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven. Ensure all decorations and other clutter is away from the cooking surfaces.

- 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.

- Cook on the back burners when possible and turn pot handles in so they don’t extend over the edge of the stove.

- Candles are often part of holiday decorations. Candles should be located where children will not be tempted to play with them, and where guests will not accidentally brush against them.

- When it’s time to cut the turkey, be sure to utilize a sharp knife. Sharp knives cut easier than dull ones and you’re less likely to cut yourself accidently.

- With a large family gathering and a larger than usual meal, leftovers are on the table a little bit longer than usual. In general, if it has been left out over two hours you should not keep it. It should just be thrown out.

Have a safe Thanksgiving.

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