Turkey Day Safety Tips

Keep a close eye on your stovetop this Thanksgiving: The National Fire Protection Agency ranks the holiday the No. 1 day for home fires involving cooking equipment.

Follow these strategies for a safe Thanksgiving dinner.

Prevent Kitchen Fires

You’re likely to have multiple heat sources in use at the same time. To help keep from starting a fire:

• Start with a clean kitchen: Wipe up excess grease and clean the oven.
• Keep the kitchen clutter-free, and keep oven mitts, kitchen towels and loose clothing away from heat sources.
• Have an adult in the kitchen at all times. Keep kids out of the room as much as possible.
• Use kitchen timers. Turn off the heat as soon as a dish is done.
• Test your smoke alarms and replace defunct batteries.
Be prepared in the event a fire starts.

Avoid Deep-Fryer Disaster

If you choose to deep-fry your turkey:

• Work outside.
• Keep children away from the area.
• Wear long sleeves to protect against splashes of hot oil.
• To reduce oil splatter, thaw the turkey completely before frying.

Practice Food Safety

It’s also important to keep food safety in mind. Help make sure the food you cook stays safe from harmful bacteria. In general follow the 2-40-140 rule:

• Do not eat perishable food that has been outside a safe temperature zone for more than two hours.
• Keep perishable cold foods below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Keep perishable hot foods above 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Know When the Turkey Is Done
Use a food thermometer to check the center of the stuffing, breast, thigh and wing. The internal temperature of the meat should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit before you eat it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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