Avoid Thanksgiving Day emergencies

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DENVER — Getting that holiday meal on the table involves lots of preparation.  Unfortunately,  emergency rooms see an increase in injuries the day before Thanksgiving.

Doctors say many injuries result from the improper use of carving knives and burns from cooking surfaces.

Here are a few simple guidelines to keep your holiday safe.

Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing while you’re cooking.   A dangling sleeve can catch fire if it contacts a flame.

It’s also a good idea to make the area near the stove a “kids free zone.”  Turn pot handles inward and try to keep them on the back burners so they don’t get knocked over.

Many people like to deep fry their turkey.  If you’re trying this for the first time, ask someone with experience to help you.  The large amount of hot oil can cause third degree burns and even start fires, so never deep fry inside your home, garage, or near anything flammable.

Keep a fire extinguisher on hand  and by all means, thaw out your turkey first.

“There are stories of people taking an ice cold turkey, throwing it in a boiling hot deep-fryer and the next thing you know you have a fire on your hands, or an explosion,” said Dr. Seth Podolsky of the Cleveland Clinic.

Turkey deep fryers that don’t require oil are now available and  are a very safe alternative. They utilize enclosed burners and provide fast cooking (10 minutes per pound).

For more safe cooking tips visit  NFPA.org and FoodSafety.gov.

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