Good Morning Team!
Since Thanksgiving Day is almost upon us and we often have family and friends gathering for a feast -perhaps like the one pictured above? – let’s talk a little turkey about getting through the holiday safely.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment. On average, US fire departments will respond to 1500+ home cooking fires on this day. The incidence of home fires also rises on the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and unattended cooking was the most common contributing factor in those reported. Not only do these fires cause damage or loss of the structure, they can also cause serious injury or death. I can think of few things worse than losing a home or loved one during a time like this. Let’s keep these following tips from the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) in our minds as we prepare our meals and enjoy the holidays.
Getting a food related illness during this time of year would certainly ruin a holiday celebration. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that approximately 48 million Americans, that’s about 1 in 6 people, get sick each year from eating undercooked or otherwise contaminated food. Each year, about 128,000 people require hospitalization and approximately 3000 of those will die. While the CDC doesn’t break out what percentage of these numbers occur during the Thanksgiving or other holidays it would be logical to assume that with all the turkeys and other food being cooked and eaten on these days that a spike would probably be seen. There are plenty of websites you can consult to help ensure that your feast is not only safe as well as delicious, but here are few food safety related tips concerning what I consider to be the star eats of the holiday, the turkey!
I hope that this Thanksgiving sees you truly blessed and able to find things to be thankful for. Enjoy yourselves and stay safe!
Director of Facilities Services