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Have a Safe Thanksgiving – Remember Turkey!

T              Thaw turkey at a safe temperature – 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

U             Use extra caution when frying a turkey and oil-free fryers if possible.

            Remember to clean all cooking surfaces regularly.

K             Keep children away from hot foods and surface, and kitchen utensils.

E              Ensure turkey is cooked and has reached minimum temperature of 165

degrees Fahrenheit.

Y              Your smoke detector should be tested prior to cooking.

Cooking for Thanksgiving?

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment? If you’re the Thanksgiving Cook this year, follow these safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep and eye on the food.
  • Keep children away from the stove – at least a 3-feet perimeter.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer, or mixer are not dangling off the counter.
  • Keep the kitchen floor clear of items.
  • Turkey fryers are to be used outside – away from the house or deck.

Traveling for Thanksgiving?

It’s been a while since we’ve all be able to gather and celebrate the holidays – let’s make sure we all arrive safely. This Thanksgiving, and every day, buckle up, every trip, every time.

Buckles and belts go together like turkey and mashed potatoes. Make sure you don’t miss out on the most important combination, buckling your seatbelt.

During the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend in 2017, there were 365 passenger vehicle occupants kills in vehicle crashes across the nation.

Don’t let a pre-Thanksgiving party squash your holiday meal. If you’ve been drinking, call a sober friend, taxi, or ride share to get you home safely. Buzzed driving is dunk driving.

Among the 10,142 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2019, 68% were crashes where at least one driver had a BAC of .15 or higher.

Enjoy Thanksgiving with Friends & Family... just don't invite COVID!

  • Protect those who are not eligible for vaccination.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, wear well-fitting masks indoors.
  • Avoid crowded or poorly ventilated spaces.
  • If you are sick or have symptoms, don’t host or attend a gathering.
  • If you are at a gathering with multiple households (and possibly from different parts of the country), consider additional precautions to reduce your risk.

Blog provided by:

Creason Walter

Community Outreach Specialist

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center – Injury Prevention Program

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