Let’s All be Thankful and Safe This Thanksgiving
There is so much to be thankful for this year, we have all faced challenges and heartbreak, experienced triumphs, and blessings. We have welcomed new people into our lives and said goodbye to loved ones, and through it all, we have found friendship and love in our community.
This year as we count our blessings, Prestige ER and its staff would like to express our gratitude and appreciation for the friendship, confidence, and loyalty you have shown us. We feel honored to be able to serve the great communities of Plano, Frisco, and Allen and remain committed to doing so for the years to come.
We want everyone to enjoy a safe Thanksgiving, and we know how hectic and stressful preparing for this holiday meal can be, whether you are traveling to visit family or hosting a feast at your house, safety should always come first, a little planning, and attention to detail can prevent accidents.
Stay Safe While Traveling – Thanksgiving Safety
This year will see the highest Thanksgiving holiday travel volume in the last 12 years; it is expected that around 50.9 million Americans will take to the nation’s roads, skies, railways, and waterways between Wednesday, Nov 22nd, and Sunday, Nov 26th.
- Plan Your Trip: There will be a lot of traffic, so it is always a good idea to plan your route and know which alternate roads are available.
- Check Your Vehicle: Before you hit the open road, have a mechanic check your engine and breaks. Make sure your headlights, taillights and signal lights work properly and clean your windshield, so you have good visibility.
- Beware of the Weather: Depending on where you are heading, there may be storms, or snow along the way, make sure your car is properly equipped.
- Drive Safely: Everyone in the vehicle should wear their seatbelts, children should travel in the appropriate car or booster seats for their age.
- Make Yourself Visible: Turn your headlights on if it’s raining, or when it starts to get dark. Don’t assume that because you can see the other cars they can see you.
- Respect the Road: Be mindful of speed limits, and road signs. Don’t drink and drive, and never text while you are driving, and keep your distance from other vehicles.
- Take Breaks: On long trips, you should stop to rest often, stretch your legs and back, and if you are traveling with a companion consider alternating behind the wheel. You should not drive if you are feeling extremely tired or sleepy.
Thanksgiving Safety Tips on Cooking
Thanksgiving is all about the food with the turkey being the center of attraction. The house chef is under a lot of pressure to prepare a memorable feast for all, therefore organization is key to prevent house fires and food contamination that could lead to a trip to our Prestige ER facilities.
- Thaw the Turkey Properly: The USDA recommends thawing the turkey in the refrigerator at a temperature of 40°F or less, over the course of a few days, again the label will show you the estimated time it will take to thaw the turkey based on its size.
- Keep it Clean: Wash your hands with soap and water before handling food, all kitchen surfaces should be disinfected before you begin cooking, and any spills or mess should be cleaned immediately, especially those involving grease as it can easily catch fire. Floors should be clean and dry to avoid slipping or tripping.
- Keep it Separated: Keep your raw turkey separate from other ingredients or foods, this will prevent cross-contamination. Also, don’t wash your turkey, the only way to ensure any bacteria that can cause foodborne illnesses is eliminated to fully cook the bird until it reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165°F.
- Dress for the Occasion: To avoid clothing catching fire, wear short sleeve shirts and avoid loose-fitting clothes, keep your hair tied up, and if possible wear an apron. You should always use oven mitts or insulated pot holders to handle items in the oven.
- Stay Focused: Most house fires during Thanksgiving are caused by unattended food on the stovetop or oven if you need to leave the kitchen for any reason, turn off the stove, and always use a timer to remind yourself you have items in the oven.
- Deep Fried Turkey: If you are frying your turkey this year, know that you should only use approved turkey fryers that are stable and have a thermostat. Fry outdoors away from buildings and combustible items. Turkey should be completely thawed and dry, lower the bird into the oil slowly, and always wear frying gloves.
- Keep Kids and Pets Safe: When possible avoid having kids and pets in the kitchen while you cook, if they simply refuse to leave, create a safe zone, children and pets should be at least 3 feet away from the stove and oven.
- Store Leftovers: Any leftovers should be stored in proper containers, and refrigerated.
Prestige ER – Serving Frisco, Allen and Plano 24/7 During the Thanksgiving Weekend
A sudden illness or injury can happen any day of the year, and Thanksgiving is no exception, while we wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday, we would like to remind you that our doors will remain open 24/7 on Thanksgiving day to treat any medical emergency.
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