Before sitting down with your family and friends this Thanksgiving, here are a few safety tips from Partners Urgent Care.
Did you know that there are more cases of food poisoning in the months of November and December than any other time of the year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? It’s no wonder with the day-long event to prepare those delicious holiday dishes and the resulting leftovers.
- Do NOT wash the turkey because it can spread bacteria in the kitchen, according to FoodSafety.gov.
- Thaw your turkey in the fridge or in cold water (changed every half hour). Do not leave the raw turkey out for more than two hours at room temperature, according to CDC recommendations.
- Check that the thickest part of the turkey (e.g., thigh, breast) and stuffing—if you include stuffing inside the turkey—reaches more than 165°F.
- Put leftovers in the fridge within two hours of preparation at 40°F or lower.
Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The NFPA recommends:
- Always stay home when there is a turkey cooking and stay in the kitchen if something is cooking on the stove-top.
- Keep the floor clear to avoid tripping.
- Don’t leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.
As one of the busiest travel times of the year, Thanksgiving weekend can not only be only be logistical hassle but is also fraught with germs.
- If you’re taking public transportation, remember to wash your hands often to prevent the spread of the flu, according to the American Red Cross.
- Bring your own pillows and blankets.
- Avoid touching your face.
Partners Urgent Care is available
Should you need it, Partners Urgent Care is open seven days a week, including Thanksgiving Day at select locations. Our urgent care centers can treat a range of illnesses and injuries, from coughs and colds to cuts and broken bones.
We hope that you and your family stay safe this holiday season!