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Preparing for a Safe and Joyful Holiday Season

Preparing for a Safe and Joyful Holiday Season

As we approach the festive season, it's crucial to prioritize safety and health. This year, as we gather together in celebration of the Holidays, let's make sure our celebrations are filled with cheer, gratitude, and good health. At Henry County Hospital, we are committed to providing you with the best tips to make your Holiday celebrations safe and healthy.

To consult with a physician, give us a call at (419) 592-4015.

Cleanliness Is Key

Maintaining a safe and healthy Holiday gathering starts with cleanliness. Before you begin preparing your festive meals, ensure that all surfaces and utensils are thoroughly cleaned with soap and warm water.

Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds before preparing or serving food is also vital. But remember, cleanliness extends beyond just your hands – your countertops, cutting boards, and any other surfaces that come into contact with food should also be thoroughly cleaned.

Safe Food Handling and Preparation

When preparing your holiday turkey or ham, it's essential to ensure it reaches a safe internal temperature of 165°F. Use a food thermometer to check the temperature in three places, avoiding bone. It is good practice to check the temperature of the thickest part of the breast, the innermost part of the wing, and the innermost part of the thigh.

When it comes to leftovers, proper storage and reheating practices can prevent foodborne illnesses. Be sure to store your leftovers in shallow containers within two hours of cooking and eat them within three to four days.

Healthy Gatherings

As you gather with family and friends this festive season, remember to consider the health and well-being of everyone present. Ensuring rooms are properly ventilated and encouraging good handwashing practices among guests can help reduce the risk of illness. Staying up to date on vaccinations and wearing masks when necessary can also contribute to safer gatherings.

Here to Help You Enjoy a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season

At Henry County Hospital, we understand the importance of these gatherings and the need to keep them safe and healthy for everyone involved. Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals is always here to provide guidance and support, ensuring the well-being of our patients and community.

To schedule an appointment with a member of our team, don’t hesitate to contact us today!