Have a Safe & Happy Thanksgiving
FOR RELEASE: NOVEMBER 22, 2021
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - It's almost time for Turkey Day! Remember that holidays pose additional poisoning risks for adults and children, especially if family and friends are stopping by. Whether you gather in-person, or virtually, know we are here 24/7, even on holidays to answer your call.
Read through these tips, just in case:
- Wash your hands before handling any foods.
- Thawing a turkey at room temperature causes bacteria to grow on defrosted layers which you will then ingest, even after cooking.
- Thaw a frozen turkey in the refrigerator (40 degrees) which will take one day for every 5 pounds. Fresh or unfrozen turkey should not be in a refrigerator for any more than 2 days. Don’t refreeze a thawed turkey.
- Stuff turkey immediately before cooking and always remove all stuffing immediately after cooking to avoid bacteria growth. Never store the turkey with stuffing still inside.
- We remind you to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Switch them out every two hours to prevent a poisoning. In healthy children and adults, many types of food poisonings cause stomach and digestive issues.
- Do not leave unfinished alcoholic beverages out for curious children. Children are at a higher risk for dizziness, drowsiness or even severely low blood sugar which can be deadly if left untreated.
- Remind guests to put their purses out of reach of children. Guests often bring medications. Offer them a safe place that is up, away, and out of sight of children for storage.