Just one week before the holiday, the CDC recommended the best way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is with the people in your household. In case you’re preparing Thanksgiving dinner for the first time, we’re also highlighting a cooking safety hazard, courtesy of William Shatner.
More than one million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States from Nov. 12-18.
The CDC says gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.
The CDC’s advice in just two words: Stay home.
‘Oven not big enough’
In our weekly Editorial Department Zoom meeting one week before the holiday, my boss remarked that his family didn’t often spend Thanksgiving at home and now had to plan the meal themselves.
“We figured out our oven isn’t big enough for everything,” he said.
Advice followed from various editors about what to make ahead of time, smaller fowl, etc.
My mind went to a post I did for this website several years ago. “Don’t try to deep fry your turkey,” I said. “I did a Safety News Alert post on that a few years ago.”
“I remember that,” said my boss.
I could’ve just reposted that old story, but it was time for an update. So courtesy of the CDC and my boss planting the idea in my head that some people might need Thanksgiving cooking safety advice for the first time this year, I had a new news hook.
But some things just can’t be improved.
So from 2011, here is “Eat, Fry, Love,” a Turkey Fryer Fire Cautionary Tale presented by Williams Shatner & State Farm.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!