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Thanksgiving Safety Tips


Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to come together, share a meal, have a few good laughs, and reflect on what we’re thankful for. The last thing anyone wants to deal with on the holidays is a kitchen or food disaster. During your Thanksgiving celebration, remember to keep these important food and home safety tips in mind!

Food Safety Tips:

  • Avoid instances that could lead to cross-contamination by keeping raw foods away from foods that are already prepared

  • Always wash your hands after handling raw meat and poultry and before touching prepared foods

  • Refrigerate all leftovers within 2 hours of preparing

  • Store all leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days, freeze leftovers to keep them for longer

  • Remember, it can take up to 6 days to completely thaw a turkey depending on the weight (You want to thaw it before cooking it on Thanksgiving day)

  • Remember to cook all meats to their proper safe-to-eat temperatures

  • Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to come together, share a meal, have a few good laughs, and reflect on what we’re thankful for. The last thing anyone wants to deal with on the holidays is a kitchen or food disaster. During your Thanksgiving celebration, remember to keep these important food and home safety tips in mind!

Cooking Safety Tips:

  • Remember, never leave the stove unattended as it can become a fire hazard

  • Don’t use a grill inside the house or a closed garage

  • Wash your hands and kitchen surfaces frequently

  • Never use a glass casserole dish on a stove burner as it could explode from the heat

  • Never douse a grease fire with water as it can spread. Turn off the burner and smother the flames with a lid

  • Use separate cutting boards when preparing meat and produce


Home Safety:

  • Make sure electrical cords are not left out where they can be easily tripped over

  • Assist seniors walking around tight areas in your home to avoid dangerous falls

  • Keep the floors picked up and clear of all toys, shoes, purses, and other belongings that could become trip hazards

  • Never leave candles burning without supervision

  • Make sure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are functional

  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy and know how to use it just in case


From all of us at Clean Team, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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