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Thanksgiving Safety Tips
Guest Post By: Danielle Kunkle
Safety should always be a priority with every situation, but especially on this turkey day. Thanksgiving is a time when many family members get together and give thanks for their blessings and the things they have. This holiday often involves a large dinner with turkey, stuffing, vegetables, desserts, and more!
However, in 2021, Thanksgiving might be slightly different because of the pandemic, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still recommends avoiding large gatherings.
Not only is COVID a possible safety concern, but other common injuries such as burns from cooking, choking, and falls are still safety concerns that you will want to think about during your 2021 turkey day.
Social distancing is still encouraged as the coronavirus continues to be in full effect. As of October 2021, more than 45 million cases have been reported, according to the CDC.
With that said, it is something to be cautious about when gathering for turkey day. Feel free to stand 6-feet away from others if you can, and if it makes you feel more comfortable, you can wear a mask.
Additionally, you will want to wash your hands frequently before you use utensils that others may use as well. This holiday is about coming together with family and friends and enjoying each other’s presence as you give thanks, so let’s keep safety as a priority.
Another safety concern during this holiday is cooking injuries. You may have several pans in the oven, a pot on the stove, and something in the crockpot cooking all at once. If that is the case, your mind may be scattered as you try to remember how long everything needs to cook. You may accidentally grab a pan out of the oven without oven mitts and burn yourself. Burns can be severe and high risk for infection when the wound is new.
Cuts from knives are another common cooking injury. When you have people coming in and out of the kitchen saying hello as they arrive, it can be distracting when preparing food. You may have people ask dozens of questions and ask if they can help you with anything while you finish the food.
When there are a lot of distractions and conversations, you may not pay attention while you are cutting the turkey or vegetables, causing you to cut yourself.
Cuts can be minor or severe, and no one wants to go to the emergency room during a holiday and deal with their health insurance! It is essential to be cautious of every move you make when in the kitchen.
Once the holiday cooking is finished, it is now time to eat. Whether you have one large table for everyone to sit at or multiple tables, the conversation is likely to begin. The louder one person talks, the louder others will talk. When you are talking and chewing at the same time, you could start choking.
Choking is a scary situation, and not everyone knows how to do the Heimlich maneuver (abdominal thrusts). So, before you try to tell a story and eat simultaneously, you may want to finish your food before you risk choking.
Slips and Falls
In many states, there may be snow or rain during Thanksgiving. The temperature can also be pretty low, especially at night. You will want to keep this in mind before you step outside or begin to drive.
Many seniors fall each year, resulting in minor or severe injuries. When you leave the house, you will want to plan for the weather and slippery terrain to avoid slips and falls.
Holidays can be a fun time of the year that many look forward to. You may get to see family and friends that you haven’t seen in a long time and eat good food. However, you will want to keep safety in the back of your mind and be aware of your surroundings.
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