Officials warn on Thanksgiving meals and fires

Although Thanksgiving is a time for annual get-togethers with family and friends, officials are warning to take precautions in regard to food, fires and illnesses.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cautions as it relates to Preparing Your Holiday Turkey Safely, including thawing, preparation, serving and retention of leftovers at

The U.S. Food and Administration (FDA) encourages Food Safety Tips for Healthy Holidays, including Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill during the holidays, with explanations at

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) urges food preparers to Keep Risky Habits Out of the Kitchen This Thanksgiving, with tips at

Fire safety
In the meantime, fires are on the minds of those at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) due to Thanksgiving being the peak day for home cooking fires, with more than three times the daily average for such incidents, and the upcoming Christmas Day and Christmas Eve ranking second and third.

It also warns against turkey fryers, saying that those items using cooking oil “are not safe” due to the large amounts of oil being used at high temperatures “which can cause devastating burns.”

The NFPA says if someone wants a fried turkey for their Thanksgiving meal, “purchase it from a grocery store, restaurant or buy a fryer that does not use oil.”

Information on fire causes and cooking tips, along with turkey fryers, is available at

Holiday illnesses
The CDC also provides tips on taking Steps to Help You Stay Healthy During the Holidays, including prevention measures against increasing numbers of cases of COVID-19 and influenza, with particular concern for older and other high risk people, at