Can you believe it’s nearly Thanksgiving?! Whether you’re planning a quiet dinner at home or are travelling to see family, here are 10 tips to make sure your Thanksgiving is as safe as it is enjoyable.
Food safety tips:
- You can keep a whole, uncooked turkey for two to three days in the fridge or up to one year in the freezer.
- Use one cutting board for produce, and one for meat.
- Cook your turkey until it reaches an internal temperature of 74 degrees Celsius (160 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Chill leftovers within two hours to avoid the risk of food-borne illness.
- Cooked turkey will keep in the fridge for three to four days – after that, toss it out.
Travel safety tips:
- Plan your route. Visit www.drivebc.ca to learn about highway closures, ferry delays and border waits.
- If your route takes you through high mountain passes, make sure you’re prepared to obey winter tire and chain signs (in effect from Oct. 1 – March 31).
- Brush up on how to handle black ice with this helpful article from TranBC (the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure).
- Do a quick check to ensure your emergency car kit supplies are in good order.
- If you’re travelling with a furry family member, make sure they’re safe, too! Here are a few tips from ICBC.
And don’t forget, if you are planning a last minute getaway, ensure that your travel plans are protected by booking with a British Columbia travel agent licensed by Consumer Protection BC.
I hope these tips were helpful – have a good holiday weekend!