Thanksgiving is an exciting time to get together with friends and family, but it can also be a dangerous time if you’re not careful. The process of having a bunch of people under one roof, with many dishes cooking and the possibility of forgetting something in an oven somewhere along the way, is ripe for potential disaster. Here are the five safety tips you need to think about to keep your family safe.
1. Think About Temperature and Storage for Ingredients
Food safety in general is an important part of your Thanksgiving feast. It’s crucial that you think about food storage: Are you keeping refrigerated food cold? Are you keeping warm food hot? How are you storing raw items in the lead-up to Thanksgiving? How are you planning to thaw out anything that’s frozen? It’s important that you think about all these things, as it could be the difference between a great Thanksgiving weekend and one that’s full of food poisoning.
2. Never Leave Cooking Food Unattended
Thanksgiving is the worst day for cooking fires in the United States; according to the National Fire Protection Association, there were an estimated 1,630 home cooking fires in the United States on Thanksgiving Day 2018. By far the most common reason for home cooking fires is leaving food unattended, and that’s something you can control. To keep yourself and your family safe, never leave food unattended while cooking. Always have someone available to keep an eye on the food directly.
3. Keep Your Smoke Detector On
In a similar vein, while it can certainly be tempting to turn off your smoke detector while cooking, this is a terrible idea. If the detector keeps going off, you might want to enlist someone in your family to move it to a less finicky place, like just outside the kitchen, but you should never turn off the detector. In three out of five deaths that occur due to home fires, the smoke detector wasn’t working properly. What is currently just a bit of an inconvenience could end up saving your life or someone in your family’s life.
4. Make Sure You Know How To Deal With Fires
Do you know what to do if a fire happens? There are a number of things you need to think about if a fire does happen, which means you need to prepare for the process. First of all, baking soda is a good thing to keep around; water makes grease fires worse, but baking soda can put it out. You should always have a lid within reach as well. If a fire starts in a pan, just put a lid over the pan and turn the heat off. The fire will dissipate. It’s also a good idea to have a fire extinguisher within reach in case of a more serious fire.
5. Get To Know Your Neighbors
One thing you might want to do to stay safe is learn how to talk to your neighbors. It might not be something you think about much, but learning more about your neighbors can help you stay safer during Thanksgiving. They may be willing to look after your house a bit if you’re going out of town for Thanksgiving, for example. PeopleFinders is a great tool to help you with that.
With PeopleFinders, you can find out plenty about the people in your neighborhood, including everything from general information to contact information and information about their homes. Just perform an address search to get more information about the people you live next to, including your next-door neighbors. You might end up being thankful you made those connections.
Most of the tips here aren’t safety tips that are exclusive to Thanksgiving, but it’s important to think about safety much more when you’re cooking during Thanksgiving. Because you’re likely cooking more and you’re probably cooking with many people around you, there are more places for you to end up with some trouble. However, as long as you use these tips and PeopleFinders, you can create a delicious Thanksgiving meal that’s safe for everyone.
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