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Holiday Thanksgiving Dinner

Tips for Hosting a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Dinner

It’s that time of year again. Friends and family travel from far and wide to join together around a delicious home cooked Thanksgiving feast. It’s a wonderful event that brings people together, but if you’ve ever hosted a Thanksgiving dinner before, you know it can be quite stressful.

Hosting a stress-free Thanksgiving celebration requires diligent planning. Food, drinks, desserts, decorations, and holiday games are all required to entertain your guests.

But what about keeping your guests and home safe?

According to the U.S Fire Administration, each year there are more than 4,000 household fires on Thanksgiving Day.

Safety planning is important to ensure that your Thanksgiving dinner goes over smoothly. Keep the following tips in mind as you get ready for the big day.

Kitchen & Cooking Safety Tips

  • Always stay in the kitchen if you’re using the stove and be sure to check it regularly. Hot stoves and oil splashes are a big holiday hazard.
  • Never leave home when using the oven to cook the turkey (or your favorite holiday dish). Use a timer to remind you to continually check the food.
  • Keep children away from the stove or even the kitchen in general. If the kids want to help with the fun, then set up a child-proof “preparation station.”
  • Double-check all smoke detectors for the holidays. As bothersome as they may be when they go off, they will help prevent a fire.
  • Open up a few windows around the house to help keep the air clear. The last thing you want is a room full of smoke when your guests arrive.

General Household Safety Tips

  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Be sure electric cords from coffee makers, plate warmers, lamps, and videogame counsels are not within easy reach of a child.
  • If you have a wood-burning fireplace, always inspect and clean before use.
  • Clean your gutters in preparation for unexpected winter storms to prevent water backup and potential water damage.
  • If you plan on having older guests in your home, place non-slip mats on the floors of the bathroom and shower.
  • Check the lights around your home to prevent burglaries. A well lit home is a great way to prevent break-ins.

Food Safety

  • When thawing a turkey in the refrigerator, allow 24 hours for every five lbs.
  • If using cold water for thawing, allow 30 minutes per pound.
  • If microwaving to thaw out a turkey, cook immediately.
  • Throw out leftovers sitting at room temperature for more than two hours.
  • Divide leftovers into covered, shallow containers, for more even cooling.
  • Use refrigerated leftovers within three to four days.

With a little preparation, your home will be the perfect place for family and friends to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. Planning will allow your guests to feel right at home and will give you piece of mind for the holidays.

If you have any more questions about holiday planning or would like more household safety tips, give us a call here at Vital Life Insurance.