Fully enjoy Thanksgiving with these safety tips.

Thanksgiving is just over a week away, which means it is the perfect time to start working on your centerpiece and pull out your family cookbook. While getting ready for the holiday, make sure to take the time to ensure that you know how to stay safe. Keep these Thanksgiving safety tips in mind so that you can fully enjoy the holiday.

To prevent food poisoning:

  • Properly defrost your turkey by placing it in your refrigerator a couple days before you start cooking.
  • Make sure that the internal temperature of the fattest part of your turkey, typically a thigh or breast, reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Refrigerate leftovers within two hours of cooking. While cooked turkey can be eaten cold, if you are reheating the meat, make sure that it is heated all the way through.

To avoid a fire:

  • Do not leave you kitchen while you are cooking anything on the stovetop so that a fire does not break out.
  • Keep any flammable items away from the stove, including oven mitts, towels, and food wrappers.
  • Try to keep all kids out of the kitchen while you are cooking. If your kids want to help prepare the Thanksgiving meal, find a task that they can do away from the stove and oven.
  • Keep all pot and pan handles facing towards the back of the stove so that they do not get knocked over when people walk by.
  • Avoid wearing long sleeves or any loose clothing that could catch fire while you are cooking.

Most importantly, take a look at your homeowners insurance policy to ensure that you have the right amount of protection for the holiday. Contact the independent insurance professionals at North Central Insurance in Elk River, Minnesota for all of your insurance coverage needs this Thanksgiving.