The Big Thaw: Your Turkey needs 24 hours for every 5 pounds to thaw safely

The Big Thaw: Your Turkey needs 24 hours for every 5 pounds to thaw safely The U.S Department of Agriculture in an article published today reminds us that “there is an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella traced to raw turkey” even before Thanksgiving. To protect yourself and family from food borne illness this Thanksgiving, remember to handle and cook food properly.

As soon as raw or cooked meat, poultry or egg products begin to thaw and become warmer than 40 degrees F, bacteria that may have been present before freezing can begin to multiply.

Refrigerator Thawing:

  • Planning ahead is the key because a large frozen turkey requires at least 24 hours for every 5 pounds.

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Is It a Cold or Is It Flu?

Seasonal flu activity often begins early October Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu.

The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.

Is It a Cold or Is It Flu?

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Check Your Coverage During National Preparedness Month

Check Your Coverage During National Preparedness Month

The third week of National Preparedness Month (NPM) 2018 begins on Sunday, September 16. Each week NPM focuses on a different action.

The theme for September 16-22 is, “Check Your Coverage.” Most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance does not cover flood damage. Safeguard your valuable assets with the following steps from the Ready Campaign:

  • Check your insurance coverage. You may need more coverage based on any new purchases, additions, or increases in property value.
  • Review the Document and Insure Your Property guide.
  • Save important documents to the cloud and snap photos of belongings to help file a claim.
  • Keep an inventory of your property’s contents.
  • Learn more about flood insurance and how to protect your home or business.

Take action to prepare this September. Join the National Day of Action on September 15.

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