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Ways to Keep Your Loved Ones Safe This Vacation

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The holiday season is finally here! After so long apart, many people are excited to reunite with their family and friends for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24. This year, many families have returned to the Christmas spirit and are eager to return to their favorite Christmas traditions.

As you and your family prepare for Thanksgiving, make sure health and safety is on your plan, too. Get Ready has new social media sharing to help spread good health and good humor this holiday season. Check them out here:

COVID-19 safety

As in 2020, celebrating the holidays looks different with COVID-19 still available. But there are many safe ways to enjoy the holidays. One way to stay protected is to make sure all eligible family members get their COVID-19 vaccinations before meeting on Thanksgiving. While the CDC has Newly approved vaccine for anyone over 5 years of age., some of our friends and family may not yet be fully vaccinated in time for the holidays. The CDC says getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and those who are not eligible as young children and high-risk family members.

Some of our family members are at increased risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus and it is important to think about their safety and security.

If you feel sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19, do not pass it on to other people over dinner. Keep your friends and family healthy by staying home until you have no symptoms. Vaccinations and other safety practices like wearing face masks, frequent hand washing, and avoiding large crowds of people outside of your friends and family will help reduce the risk of everyone getting COVID-19 on Thanksgiving.

Before you travel, the CDC recommends that you check the current COVID-19 situation where you are visiting. The CDC has a useful tracker that shows how the virus may be spreading in communities. Share this tracker and other CDC travel tips with your family and friends to keep you informed before traveling this holiday season.

Food safety

COVID-19 is not the only disease that can spread on Turkey Day. Foodborne illnesses are also common during the holidays. USDA Says Turkey and Stuffing Are Not Safe to Eat until it reaches 165 ° F. Using a food thermometer, check your turkey’s internal temperature in three places: the thickest part of the breast, the innermost wing, and the innermost thigh. If your turkey hasn’t reached a safe temperature in all three places, it’s not done yet. Just give it more time to cook in the oven. Wait about 20 minutes for the juices to settle on the turkey before carving. Now your fully cooked and healthy turkey is ready to serve at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Check out helpful USDA infographics for more information on holiday food safety.

You can prevent foodborne illness by having clean hands. Before, during and after handling your turkey, wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Washing your hands helps fight germs and will keep you and your family healthy at Thanksgiving dinner. The CDC has more advice on how to keep turkey and holiday stuffing safe and healthy for your guests to enjoy.

Fire safety

Emergencies like house fires and other disasters can still happen during the holidays. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association says that Thanksgiving is rush hour for home kitchen fires. Fires are one of the quickest ways to shorten Thanksgiving dinner. Most kitchen fires in the home involve the kitchen stove..

Avoid kitchen fires by staying near the stove and setting a timer for food. Whether you’re frying in the kitchen or grilling outdoors, don’t leave food or heat unattended, and especially keep children away from cooking areas. Even if you are away for a short time, turn off the stove to save you and your family from a house fire. The Red Cross has a list of ways to prevent fires on Thanksgiving that you can know before organizing this vacation.

Thanksgiving should be dedicated to spreading gratitude and love, rather than COVID-19, foodborne illness, or kitchen fires. Together we can have a safe and healthy holiday season!

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