Editorial

Happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving should be a time for family, friends and plenty of delicious food, not for preventable trips to the emergency room.

This Thanksgiving, a few simple steps to avoid preventable injury or illness can go a long way toward making sure you safely enjoy the holiday.

•Follow food safety guidelines. For many people, the most important part of Thanksgiving is a big meal surrounded by friends and loved ones. Mishandling raw meat or other ingredients could transmit harmful bacteria or lead to some very unpleasant stomach pains.

Wash your hands thoroughly when handling uncooked meat and keep it separate from other foods. Be sure to sanitize any surface that touches raw food. Oven temperatures should be no lower than 325 degrees.

•Take your time to avoid common injuries. It can be hard not to get caught up in the holiday hustle. Careful planning for meal preparation can help you make sure there is plenty of time to get the job done. Be careful, knife injuries from slicing food are some of the most common Thanksgiving mishaps. Accidents or fires can be caused by trying to do too many things at once, exposure to hot liquid or oil splashes.

•Exercise safely. Participating in a traditional Thanksgiving sporting event? If a “Turkey Bowl” or other athletic activity is part of your celebration remember to stretch first and avoid overexertion.

•Be aware of stress. Thanksgiving can be a challenge for those coping with mental health issues. Whether it comes from the pressure to entertain, financial strain, family tension or other issues, stress runs high this time of year. It is important to recognize and treat the symptoms of anxiety, depression or other mental health disorders with professional help as needed.

Most of all, savor the flavors of the Thanksgiving holiday by observing any and all safety precautions.