Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Your Family and Furry Friends

| November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving is a time for food, family and fun. But before everyone gathers for the meal, food preparations must be safe and healthy. Preparing foods at proper temperatures will ensure that the meal is bacteria free. Properly thawing the turkey and cooking to the correct internal temperature will maintain a fabulous meal. Plan ahead. Frozen turkeys need several days in the refrigerator to thaw. And fresh turkeys need to be cooked within two days. While in the kitchen, keep children away from open flames while cooking. And after the meal is done, make sure leftovers are refrigerated within two hours. These tips will keep the meal safe, filling and fun for you and your guests.

While pets are also part of the family, holiday foods are not part of their diets. Some foods can actually be harmful and potentially deadly. Be mindful that while your furry friends want to be part of the fun, table scraps may not be in their best interest. Raw yeast dough can be fatal. And cake batter can cause deadly salmonella poisoning. Turkey bones can break off in the digestive track and pose serious risk to their health. Keep your pets in the holiday spirit by providing lots of love and attention, just not table food.

Holidays can sometimes mean traveling and driving great distances to get to family and friends. With weather changes come challenges. Heavy winds, rain and even snow can become dangerous. Be prepared. Anticipate wind gusts. Notice larger vehicles on the road. Keep a firm grip of the wheel and take your time. Make the trip safe and enjoyable for you and your passengers. Everyone will be there waiting for you when you arrive.

Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!