November 25, 2013

Keeping It Safe This Thanksgiving

Cooking for ThanksgivingNext week is going to be a busy one for our U.S.-based readers. Thanksgiving is our Big Food Holiday of the year, and that can mean travel, large gatherings in the home, and, best of all, lots of time in the kitchen making wonderful dishes to share with friends and family.

Now you know how we like to help you keep it safe around the homestead, so we’ve found some great resources to share with you. And if you are a safety manager or trainer at your organization, please feel free to post this blog or the following links and PDFs on your website or print ‘em out for your bulletin boards at the office.


Keep the Kitchen Safe

Anyone who has cooked a Thanksgiving dinner knows the kitchen is command central for the day. The oven and stovetop will be going all day and that means we need to remember some fire safety rules.

The good folks at the National Fire Protection Association put together a great PDF you can download and post, full of tips such as: 

    • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
    • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks, or bags.
    • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer, or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
    • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Click Here to Download the PDF

Cook that Turkey Safely!

Turkey FryerThe University of Nebraska-Lincoln dedicates this month’s Cook it Quick newsletter to all things Thanksgiving. The November 2013 newsletter webpage is full of helpful links on topics such as:

  • How to prepare your turkey, and where to call if things start to go a little sideways
  • Food safety issues
  • How to carve that big bird
  • Recipes for all the traditional side dishes
  • Traveling safely with Thanksgiving food
  • Keep the kids busy with some holiday activities

From types of thermometers to getting lumps out of gravy to unraveling the mysteries of the turducken, the UNL webpage has you covered.

Safety on the Holiday Roads

Just this week, USA Today published a story that, thanks to lower gas prices, we might well see busier highways for the long holiday weekend this year. Leave a little early, keep an eye on the weather, and wear that seatbelt! Remember, this is a popular time for “Click It or Ticket” campaigns for state patrollers, who will be out in force on the roads.

Rainy Day TrafficAnd please give those car keys to someone else if you’ve been enjoying some spirits at the holiday table.

In addition to the mechanics of safe travel, the bloggers at the Danbury, Connecticut News-Times give a shout-out to for reminding us that identity theft is an incredibly frustrating phenomenon that travelers are especially vulnerable to.

Little things like removing unneeded credit cards from your wallet, having a hard copy of important ID pieces, and not posting to social media when you plan to be away from your home all help keep you and your identity safe.

From all of us at the HSI family of brands, have a safe and joyful Thanksgiving holiday.


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