Thanksgiving Tips To Keep You And Your Family Safe

Now is the time to starting thinking about preparing your Thanksgiving Feast, especially if you're cooking a large bird for the family. We have have some advice on protecting you and your family from food-borne illnesses.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture suggest if you buy a frozen bird to give yourself one to two days to thaw in the refrigerator.

If you're short on time, you can submerge your bird, in cold water, but remember to change the water every 30 minutes.

If you want a fresh turkey, only purchase it one or two days before cooking .

Did you know, cooking during this holiday is the leading cause of residential fires than any other day of the year?

That's why the American Red Cross offers a few reminders: Don't leave food cooking unattended.

Keeping pot holders at least three feet from heating sources.

Don't wear loose fitting clothes which can fall onto heating elements and catch fire and don't forget to turn off all appliance when you're finished preparing your feast.