For many, Thanksgiving is the official start of the holiday season. Family and friends gather on this special day to share good food, conversation, and laughter. Thanksgiving is full of love and warmth of friendship. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving in one of the top days for homeowners to turn their house into a burning inferno. Fire can destroy a home within minutes. During the midst of all of the fun and cooking, don't let safety fall by the wayside! With a few Thanksgiving home safety and cooking tips, you will be able to keep your festivities in check.
In the midst of all of the celebration, we sometimes forget that the kitchen can be a dangerous place with the use of stoves and ovens, and sharp utensils such as knives. A fire can completely destroy the fun time and also your home in the process. Here are some important fire safety tips to remember:
- Never leave the stove cooking unattended.
- Place anything that can catch fire - potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, away from the stove and oven.
- Clean cooking surfaces regularly throughout the day to avoid grease buildup.
- Install smoke alarms near the kitchen, on each level of the home, and near sleeping areas.
- Do not let children or pets in the kitchen when adults are cooking.
- Keep the floor clean, so you don't trip over and drop hot food on the floor.
- Keep fire extinguishers on hand and within reach. Know how to use a fire extinguisher before a fire happens.
- If you are frying your turkey, make sure you take extra special precaution. This is the leading cause of home fires on Thanksgiving.
With so much food being cooked, it is very easy to overlook becoming sick from the food itself. Food can be undercooked in order to make everything on time to eat. It is important to start cooking turkey early in the morning to make sure everything goes into the oven in time
- Defrosting your turkey is important. You should always defrost your turkey in the refrigerator, not out on the counter. Keep it refrigerated until it is ready to be cooked. A good rule of thumb is to allow 24 hours of thawing time in the refrigerator for every 5 pound of turkey. For example, a ten-pound turkey will need 48 hours to completely thaw in the refrigerator. Do not play a frozen or partially frozen turkey into the oven. It will never cook in time for the big feast and you put everyone at risk for salmonella poisoning.
- The interior temperature of the turkey must reach 145 degrees to ensure that all of the bacteria is killed.
- Don't leave leftover turkey out on the counter. Put in the refrigerator after you finish eating to prevent bacterial growth on the turkey.
Ensure that your holiday runs smoothly. Take extra safety precautions and invest in the right homeowners insurance. Pepe Insurance Agency has you covered.
Located in Poughquag, NY in Dutchess County, contact us for all of your personal and commercial insurance needs. Happy Thanksgiving!