Holiday Food Safety Tips

Food Safety Tips for the Holidays

Food Safety Tips for the Holidays.Feasting with family and friends is part of many holiday celebrations. Follow these simple tips to keep safe from food poisoning, or foodborne illness, during the holidays.

Everyone can practice food safety during the holidays

  • Wash your hands. Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water before and after preparing food, after touching raw meat, raw eggs, or unwashed vegetables, and before eating or drinking.
  • Cook food thoroughly. Meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs can carry germs that cause food poisoning. Use a food thermometer to ensure these foods have been cooked to the safe minimum internal temperature. Roasts, chops, steaks and fresh ham should rest for 3 minutes after removing from the oven or grill.
  • Keep food out of the "danger zone" Exit disclaimer. Bacteria can grow rapidly at room temperature. After food is cooked, keep hot food hot and cold food cold. Refrigerate or freeze any perishable food within 2 hours. The temperature in your refrigerator should be set at or below 40°F and the freezer at or below 0°F.
  • Use pasteurized eggs for dishes containing raw eggsSalmonella and other harmful germs can live on both the outside and inside of normal-looking eggs. Many holiday favorites contain raw eggs, including eggnog, tiramisu, hollandaise sauce, and Caesar dressing. Always use pasteurized eggs when making these and other foods made with raw eggs.
  • Do not eat dough or batter. Dough and batter made with flour or eggs can contain harmful germs, such as E. coli and Salmonella. Do not taste or eat unpasteurized dough or batter of any kind, including those for cookies, cakes, pies, biscuits, pancakes, tortillas, pizza, or crafts. Do not let children taste raw dough or batter or play with dough at home or in restaurants.
  • Keep foods separated. Keep meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs separate from all other foods at the grocery and in the refrigerator. Prevent juices from meat, poultry, and seafood from dripping or leaking onto other foods by keeping them in containers or sealed plastic bags. Store eggs in their original carton in the main compartment of the refrigerator.
  • Safely thaw your turkey. Thaw turkey Exit disclaimer in the refrigerator, in a sink of cold water that is changed every 30 minutes, or in the microwave. Avoid thawing foods on the counter. A turkey must thaw at a safe temperature to prevent harmful germs from growing rapidly.

Pregnancy and Food

While everyone wants to keep food safe during the holidays, it is especially important for pregnant women to do so because they are at increased risk of food poisoning.


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Safe Haven

No One Ever Has To Abandon A Newborn

You have a safe choice. The Safe Haven law allows you to anonymously and permanently give up your baby within 45 days of birth, free of judgment or legal prosecution. Bring it to a staff member at a Safe Haven location instead.



Local Locations:

  • Andrew County Ambulance Police Stations
  • Andrew County Sheriff
  • Savannah Police
  • State Police
  • Country Club Village Police

Fire Stations

  • Bolckow Fire Station
  • Cosby-Helena Fire Station
  • Fillmore Fire Station
  • Rosendale Fire Station
  • Savannah Fire Station (#1, #2, or #3)
  • King City Fire Station
  • Union Star Fire Station

Crib Safety

ABC's of Crib Safety


A - Alone

  • Babies should not sleep on beds, sofas, recliners, chairs, with or without other with them.
  • Be sharing is not recommended, as this can cause unintentional suffocation, the leading cause of injury-related death among children under 1 year of age. Nearly three-quarters of suffocation deaths among infants are from accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed.
  • We know that stuffed animals, and all those cute accessories make a baby's crib seem warm and cozy. Unfortunately, they can often do more harm than good.
  • Crib bumpers might seem like they can help protect babies from drafts and bumps, but they pose a risk of suffocation, strangulation, or entrapment. Older babies can use them of climbing out of the crib. 
  • Pillows, bulky comforters, and heavy blankets do not belong in a crib; a baby can mother under them. 

B - Back

  • Lay your baby on his or her back to risk the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Babies do not need extra support, such as rolled blankets or commercial devices, to keep them on their backs.
  • Babies should always be placed on their backs, but if they're able to roll over on their own, you do not need to reposition them. 

C - Crib

  • Check that your crib meets safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, and has all the right parts. 
  • Consider more than just color when it comes to paint! The paint on older cribs might contain lead!
  • Cribs manufactured in 2013 or later meet all hardware guidelines.



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