Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

The last thing you want on a day of giving thanks is a disaster.  When cooking your Thanksgiving Feast this year keep in mind these helpful tips to make sure your family and home stay safe this holiday season.

The Menu
Thanksgiving meals are known not only for their high calorie count, but for their high sodium levels as well which is why emergency rooms across the country report record visitors every year on Thanksgiving.

A typical Thanksgiving meal contains upwards of 2,000 milligrams of sodium, which is what an average adult is supposed to consume throughout an entire day.

Salt retains fluid, which makes the volume of your blood go up, causing all sorts of symptoms including high blood pressure, heart failure or heart attack.  When cooking for your loved ones this Thanksgiving consider taking steps to reduce the sodium intake by paying attention to any of the canned foods you may be using.  Obviously it is best to serve fresh vegetables, but if you do need to use canned make sure they are low sodium.

The Turkey
The turkey is the main event, the star of the day, the big kahuna. Make sure he evokes moans of pleasure, not groans of pain.  Start prepping your turkey by making sure it is thawed properly in the refrigerator if frozen and plan to cook it within a day once it is completely thawed.  Once you are ready to cook the bird make sure that you cook it thoroughly by using a thermometer on the innermost part for the thigh and wing, as well as the thickest portion of the breast.

The Kitchen

When you are cooking it is important to clean your kitchen thoroughly multiple times throughout the cooking process. Keep all surfaces and utensils clean and be adamant about cleaning things like cutting boards and chopping knives well between dishes. For example, make sure that fluids from your uncooked turkey don’t come into contact with your fruit bowl that is also on the counter.  If you have dogs in the house make sure that the trash is put up and that if it contains raw meat or bones that it is taken out as soon as possible.  The last thing you want id Fido getting in there and helping himself to something that can harm him.

The aftermath
Cleaning up after the feast is without a doubt the moment we all dread, but this is not the time to cut corners.  Make sure that leftovers are refrigerated immediately to eliminate possible food poisoning.  Leftovers should not sit out for more than 2 hours after the meal.  The sooner you can get it stored the better.  Leftovers are most safely eaten within 2-3 days after.

Lastly always know where your fire extinguisher is . . . Hey! You just never know!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving,
Your Friends at Hawkeye Security