Thanksgiving Holiday Safety

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For many, the 2021 Holiday season may be a blend of familiar traditions with friends and family with some social distancing and other COVID and seasonal flu precautions. However you plan on celebrating this year, we wish you a safe and happy holiday! 

The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. Kids love to be involved in holiday preparations. Safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at home. 

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, the day before Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas Eve.  

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently. 
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away. 
  •  Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns. 
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags. 
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children. 
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child. 
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle. 
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button

Festive-Thanksgiving-Taablescape-IdeassparkyimageFor kid-friendly activities, games and videos to teach your child about fire and cooking safety, please visit: Sparky.org


Need help getting ready for Thanksgiving? 

Let’s talk turkey! The Butterball experts have adapted to the needs of the modern holiday cook. They’re available to answer your questions by phone, text, online chat, email, the Butterball Skill for Amazon Alexa, Facebook, Instagram and—new in 2021 —TikTok! The Turkey Talk-Line also has Spanish-speaking experts available for assistance.

Call 1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372) or text 844-877-3456.

For more information about safe food preparation, visit:  Thanksgiving | FoodSafety.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  Safer ways to celebrate the holidays 2021