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Be Careful Turkey Carving This Year!

Thanksgiving is here again & it is truly the begging of the holidays! We here at First call Urgent Care want to wish you & your families a Happy Thanksgiving! We also want to make sure that you everyone has a safe Thanksgiving! Did you know there are hundreds of reports each year of people being injured from Turkey Carving related issues? We are offering you some tips on how to stay safe while cooking the Turkey this year!

Make sure your knives are sharpened

If you are cutting the turkey with a dull knife this can lead to injury. A dull knife will make you put more force into the turkey; by doing this you are at risk of your knife flailing in a different direction than you expected it to go. This can lead to lacerations on your own body or someone’s body around you. You can avoid this by either buying a new set of knives or buying a sharpening kit! Both of these will help you avoid this type of injury.

Don’t forget about that oven

If you are cooking a turkey the right way, then you know you need to put it in the oven of hours. It can be very easy to forget about the turkey that’s been sitting in the oven for hours if you do not set a timer. If you do not pay attention to the turkey could burn to a crisp leaving your Thanksgiving meal ruined. This could also make your house full of smoke which could be deadly!

Watch the kids

A good Thanksgiving means a full house of family & kids! As you know kids love to run around & for some reason they seem like they never run out of energy. Make sure you have an eye on them when you are cutting the turkey or taking things in & out of the oven. You do not want an accident to happen with a child running into something extremely hot or getting cut with a knife!

 

 

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Pumpkin Carving Safety

First call Urgent Care wants you all to enjoy Halloween this October! Getting in the spooky spirit is hard work, a lot of decorations need to be placed around the house as tradition. One of the most famous decorations of Halloween is pumpkin carving! Pumpkin carving, unfortunately, is also one of the most dangerous. Use these tips below to make sure you are being safe carving your pumpkin!

Make sure to clean everything

When you are going to start carving your pumpkin you should make sure the area you will be doing the cutting in is cleaned up! While handling a knife or any sharp object, you wouldn’t want to slip or fall over an object left on the floor. The utensils themselves should be clean such as:

  • Knife
  • pumpkin
  • hands

If the knife is not clean it is possible something could be covering the blade not letting it cut into the pumpkin & slip off cutting your hand that is holding it. The pumpkin needs to be cleaned for the same reason. Hands should always be cleaned before handling the pumpkin in case they are slippery or sticky.

Don’t Sharpen the knives

It is a common misconception that knives are to be sharpened before their use. This, however, is extremely dangerous & does not make carving the pumpkin easier at all! Unless you work with pumpkins, you do not know exactly how hard to cut it with a knife. If the knife is too sharp it can cut right through the pumpkin into something else such as furniture, or limbs.

Buy a pumpkin carving kit

The easiest way to avoid problems with carving a pumpkin with tools from home is too buy a pumpkin carving kit! Around this time of the year, pumpkin carving kits are extremely accessible & very cost effective! When you buy a pumpkin carving kit it comes with the correct tool so you don’t have to go out & use your own! A kit will sometimes include some stencils & and pins to help make designs on your pumpkins! We hope these tips will help you stay away from any pumpkin carving related injuries this Halloween!

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