Person in a plaid shirt dipping food on to a plateThanksgiving is just around the corner, and if you are the host of a thanksgiving party then you must know you are bound to face a shortage of time when it comes to dinner preparation. This may force you to hasten cooking times, which can be dangerous.

Due to the improper storing, cooking, and serving of turkey, sometimes the growth of harmful bacteria such as salmonella, which can cause food borne illness, may occur. Moreover, the chances of injuries and burns are increased.  According to The United States Fire Administration (USFA) cooking is the leading cause of residential structural fires on Thanksgiving.


Below are safety tips to remember when preparing your annual feast:

  • Be cautious about hygiene and cleanliness while cooking, washing and storing eatables. Make sure the preparation area is clean and you have used a disinfectant before and after cooking.
  • While cooking always check lighting and ensure there is ample of light in the cooking area so as to prevent you from cutting yourself or slip away with a sharp knife.
  • Always remember to use hot hands or over mitts in kitchen whenever you are going to handle cooked in the oven or on top of the stove. This will prevent you from burning.
  • Always keep the food which requires cold storage away from the food that need to be stored in hot to prevent any kind of bacterial growth in your thanksgiving food.
  • Always put on a pair of slippers or shoes while cooking thanksgiving food so as to prevent yourself from any kind of injury resulting from dropping of something hot/sharp on your feet.
  • While cooking food on the stove, always ensure the handles of the pans are turn off the side. This will prevent any kind of injury to you or to your family resulting from dropping of the hot pans.
  • Do not leave stove unattended and be sure to have working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in the kitchen area.