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Turkey Day Safety Tips

Keep Thanksgiving fun — and accident-free.

Keep a close eye on your stovetop this Thanksgiving — the National Fire Protection Agency ranks the holiday as the number-one day for home fires involving cooking equipment. Follow these strategies for a safer holiday:

 

Prevent Kitchen Fires
As you prepare your Thanksgiving feast, you’re likely to have multiple heat sources in use at the same time. To help prevent fires:

 

Avoid a Deep-fryerDisaster
If you choose to deep-fry your turkey:

 

Practice Food Safety
It’s also important to keep food safety in mind. Help make sure the food you cook stays safe from harmful bacteria. In general, follow the 2-40-140 rule:

 

Know When the Turkey Is Done
Use a food thermometer to check the center of the stuffing, breast, thigh, and wing. The internal temperature of the meat should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit before you eat it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

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