Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is not only a difficult task, it can also be a dangerous one, if not done carefully! (Hello, turkey fryer.) While we can’t take the stress of the holidays away, we can help you to ensure that they are safe! Check out our tips for staying safe in the kitchen this Thanksgiving!
- Fry turkey safely. Fried turkey is moist and succulent. Frying also requires special precautions to prevent fires, burns, or worse. Never leave your fryer unattended. Don’t overfill the fryer with oil. And never use a fryer inside your home, garage, shed, or other enclosed area.
- Be sure to use safe kitchen cooking methods. Keep the floor clear to prevent tripping hazards. Keep kids away from the stove. Be careful of steam or splash from hot food or liquids. Never leave the house with food cooking on the stove.
- Practice proper turkey carving. Never cut toward yourself. Keep all knives sharp. Dull knives are surprisingly more dangerous than sharp ones! Also, be sure to cut your turkey in a well lit area.
- Don’t forget food safety. No one wants to get sick over Thanksgiving. Wash your hands thoroughly before cooking. Use separate cutting boards, plates, and utensils when preparing dishes. Cook the turkey to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t forget to refrigerate those leftovers within two hours!
Following graduation from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Eric Stevenson held a number of positions including Assistant State Attorney in the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. Eric has been practicing with partner Christopher Klotz since 2015 litigating personal injury and car accidents in Alabama and Florida.