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A Perfect Thanksgiving
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Nov. 19, 2012 12:01 a.m.

This was the first time the Thanksgiving feast was being held at Mike and Katy’s home. Katy was thrilled, but a little nervous. She told Mike, “I’ll take care of all the food preparation, if you just take care of cooking the turkey.”
Mike happily accepted that responsibility, because he had just received a turkey fryer for his birthday.
Thanksgiving day the weather was gorgeous. The house smelled of apple pie, mashed potatoes, creamed corn, and a mixture of other goodies. All of Katy’s preparations were right on track and it was nearing time for family to arrive. By all signs this was looking like it was going to be a “Perfect Thanksgiving.
And Mike was taking care of his one job. He had gently dropped the turkey into the cooker and slipped back into the den to catch some of the commentary on the upcoming football game. It seemed like he’d only been in the den for a few minutes when he heard a blood-curdling cry. “The garage is on fire!” Katy screamed.
By the time the fire department arrived a big part of the detached garage was on fire, along with the corner of the house. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, but all thoughts of this being the “Perfect Thanksgiving” were gone.
No time, is a good time, for an accident. The crazy thing is most are easily preventable.
Role-play with a holiday safety check list to keep everyone safe. You be the pilot. Go over all the things to be on the look-out for. Have your family members be the co-pilots.
• Wash hands often. Check
• Keep cooking attended. Check
• If going to another home, immediately look it over for safety concerns. Check
• If you have a food allergy, assure the food is not on the menu. Check
• Be careful what you shove in your mouth so you don’t choke. Check
• Don’t drive tired. Check
• Don’t drink and then drive. Check
• Don’t distract the driver. Check
• Put out any candles. Check
A “Perfect Thanksgiving” must be a safe one.

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