Common Thanksgiving Day Emergencies You Can Avoid

Preventing Accidents & Other Emergencies During Thanksgiving Day

Start Your Thanksgiving Dinner By Handling Food With Care & Cleanliness

25% of foodborne illness outbreaks are linked to poultry, the largest percentage of any food group, and it’s mostly due to food handling errors and inadequate cooking. Don’t forget to:

  • Thaw turkeys in the refrigerator, the microwave, or a bath of cold water that gets changed every 30 minutes. Bacteria grow most rapidly on food between 40°F and 140°F, as food thaws or chills after cooking.
  • Thoroughly clean any surface that comes in contact with raw poultry with hot, soapy water.
  • Cook turkey to an internal temperature of 165ÂşF in an oven no lower than 325ÂşF.
  • Preparing stuffing in a casserole dish is safer than stuffing it inside the bird.

Food Poisoning Isn’t The Only Risk At The Thanksgiving Dinner Table

  • Ask about ingredients if you have food allergies or sensitivities and didn’t prepare the food yourself.
  • Imbibe intelligently, especially if you need to drive after the meal.
  • Pace yourself. Overeating can lead to drowsiness—a problem if you need to drive. Heavy meals can trigger a gallstone attack and may even increase the risk of having a heart attack for people with heart problems.

House Fire Prevention Tips During Thanksgiving Day

  • Don’t leave pots unattended (76.5% of Thanksgiving Day residential fires are caused by unattended cooking).
  • Keep burners and cooktops clear of towels, food packaging, or any other materials that could catch fire.
  • Make sure appliance and extension cords aren’t frayed or damaged.
  • Don’t overload outlets or power strips.
  • Be careful with turkey fryers. Never deep fry a frozen turkey, and make sure someone is watching the fryer at all times.

Prevent Hand Cuts By Handling Kitchenware With Safety

Slice your bird, not your hand. Make sure to:

  • Sharpen knives before carving.
  • Keep knives and cutting surfaces dry to minimize slipping.
  • Cut away from yourself.
  • Keep your free hand on the opposite side of the bird you are carving (not under a slice of meat).

Attending Thanksgiving Day Events & Activities

If you plan on taking part in a Thanksgiving Day athletic event, such as a 5K or family game, warm up and cool down with proper stretching. Other common Thanksgiving Day emergencies include alcohol-related accidents, and sprains or strains due to intense shopping trips.

In Case  Of A Thanksgiving Emergency, Contact A 24-Hour Freestanding Emergency Room

Emergency room visits spike the day before, the day of, and the day after Thanksgiving. Visit The Emergency Center in case you or your out-of-town guests have an emergency this Thanksgiving.


Sources:
1. businessinsider.com

2. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

3. nfpa.org

4. onsafety.cpsc.gov

5. familydoctor.org

 

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