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    ​Thanksgiving Safety

    Happy Thanksgiving. The temperatures are cooler. The holidays are here. Celebrations abound. When you're preparing all the food, fun, friends, and family, take care to protect what you're most thankful for. Follow some simple tips to keep you, your loved ones, and your home safe during the holidays.


    Fires in the home – especially the kitchen – are more likely to occur during the holidays. Make sure your fire extinguishers are charged and up to date. If you're lighting candles, make sure they're well away from flammable materials like curtains and don't leave them unattended. Watch your stoves and ovens carefully – or your turkey fryer – keep pan handles turned inward and lids secured. If a grease fire occurs, use a fire extinguisher to put it out. Flour or baking soda works if you can't get to the extinguisher.  Don't use water!

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    Food safety is a must. No one wants to remember a bad holiday meal. Wash your hands, utensils, cutting boards and counters often to prevent bacteria from uncooked foods from spreading or contaminating other foods. Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Bacteria grows best between 40° and 140°.  Don't let leftovers linger. Store them quickly and safely – either consume them in 3-4 days or freeze them.


    Be careful decorating. Use ladders safely. When using ladders, keep three body parts in contact with the ladder at all times. Have it on a sturdy, level surface. Make sure your holiday lights and decorations are in good repair. Replace any with damaged electrical wires or parts. Be aware small decorations can be a choking hazard to children and pets. Plants like holly with berries or poinsettias can be toxic.


    Protect your pets. Make sure their chip and collars are current with your information in case they get out. Warn any guests to be careful when opening doors. Pets can get scared and confused and run outside. Be careful with scraps and leftovers. Don't let you pets have poultry bones or excess fatty foods. Don't leave your pets home alone if you can help it – water can tip over and accidents happen.


    This is a time to be thankful and to be with family and friends. By being prepared and careful, this can be a happy holiday season for everyone in your home. For more information on how to prepare for emergencies, check out our "Get Prepared" tab.