Thanksgiving would not be the same without turkeys, yet very few people take the time to learn how to handle them properly. Any poultry needs special attention when handling. Thawing a frozen turkey the proper way is important to the safety of your Family.

• Never thaw a turkey at room temperature because this promotes the growth of dangerous bacteria. The safest way to thaw a turkey is to thaw it in the refrigerator. You should do this with the turkey still in its’ own unopened wrapper breast facing up and placed on a tray.  The accepted rule of thumb for time is one day refrigerator thawing for every four pounds of turkey.

• Start holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven.

• Keep the kitchen off-limits to young children and adults who are not helping with food preparations to lessen the possibility of kitchen mishaps.

• When cooking, do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or dangling jewelry. The clothing can catch on fire and the jewelry can catch on pot handles, causing spills and burns.

• Cook on the back burners when possible and turn pot handles in so they don’t extend over the edge of the stove.

• Keep Thanksgiving decorations and kitchen clutter away from sources of direct heat.

• Candles are often part of holiday decorations. Candles should never be left burning when you are away from home, or after going to bed. Candles should be placed where children will not be tempted to play with them, and where guests will not accidentally brush against them. The candle holder should be completely noncombustible and difficult to knock over.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day from the Fort Bragg Installation Safety Office Staff