Home fires are the number one most frequent calls to fire departments, and cooking fires are the most frequent reason. Thanksgiving is the day with the highest number of home fires with three times more fires than on normal days. The leading cause of fire is unattended food on the stove or in the oven. Stay in the kitchen w/ cooking food. Pot holders and towels should be kept away from the stove. For more tips see www.firesafety.gov
Food safety can easily by slip with large meals and lots of leftovers. Be careful to thoroughly wash hands and counters after touching raw turkey, and other meats. Be sure to keep hot food hot, and cold food cold until the leftovers are safely put away.
Take careful when carving the turkey. We don’t take out the family carving knives very many times during the year, and so we usually are not in good practice using them. Please be careful carving the turkey and ham, and keep those knives out of reach of youngsters.
Choking hazards are increased during big holiday meals. The very young and the very old are particularly susceptible to choking. Eat slowly and enjoy the meal. Only encourage talking after food is swallowed. Remind children to take small bites and not to talk with food in their mouths.
Take care of your pets too. They make like a little turkey, but please be sure to make sure the little pieces are free of bones. Turkey bones splinter causing a severe threat of choking and other damage.
Lastly, Thanksgiving is the kick off for the holiday season. Safety first! Drinking and driving seems to go way up making our roads more dangerous. Please join our team and encourage safe sober driving as well as being defensive and courteous on the road.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!