Monday, November 20, 2017

Notations On Our World (Special W-End Edition): On This Thanskgiving 2017 Here in the United States

Roasted turkey in a tray next to a bowl of vegetables on a kitchen table

Thanksgiving is before us here in the United States.    Our team will be "Dark" during Thanksgiving Week' throughout our properties  as we will be out and about in Southern California on a number of Community initiatives.  We wanted to celebrate Thanksgiving Early by sharing these tidbits as we all remember all that we're thankful for:  

Americans will eat more than 46 million turkeys this Thanksgiving. Keep your family and friends safe with simple food safety tips from USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service:
  • Read labels carefully. Temperature labels show if the bird is fresh or frozen. If you plan to serve a fresh turkey, buy it no more than two days before Thanksgiving.
  • Do not wash the turkey. This spreads pathogens onto kitchen surfaces. The only way to kill bacteria that causes foodborne illness is to fully cook the turkey.
  • Refrigerate leftovers within two hours to prevent bacteria from growing on the food.
Get More Tips for Thanksgiving Safety

Cook Safely for Thanksgiving

Practice safe cooking this Thanksgiving
Prevent your Thanksgiving from going up in flames.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), cooking is the main cause of home fires. Also, the peak day for home cooking fires is Thanksgiving.

Keep your holiday safe and fun. Follow these tips from the USFA:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the burner.

  • Watch what you are cooking. Fires start when the heat is too high. If you see any smoke or the grease starts to boil, turn the burner off.

  • If you simmer, bake, or roast food, check it regularly and use a timer to remind you.

  • Keep anything that can catch fire (oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packages, towels, and curtains) away from your stovetop.

  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Then, no one can bump them or pull them over.

  • Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby.  Use it to cover the pan if it catches fire. This will put the fire out.

  • In the event of an oven fire, turn off the oven and keep the door closed until it is cool.

  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot, and kids should stay three feet away.

  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

For more tips, visit the USFA’s Cooking Fire Safety page. If you plan to deep fry your turkey, download the Prevent a Turkey Fryer Fire tip sheet. 

On behalf of all of us here at the Daily Outsider, Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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