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Thanksgiving is almost here and across the country, Americans are gearing up for one of the most spectacular feasts of the year.  Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings family and friends together to share good food, conversation, and laughter. In the midst of all this festive activity, it’s important to remember that there are health hazards associated with the holiday, including an increased chance of food poisoning, kitchen fires, and travel incidents.

Taking just a few minutes to read these Thanksgiving safety tips could mean the difference between enjoying the holiday and having a turkey dinner end in disaster.

 Food Poisoning

Following these food safety tips can keep any Thanksgiving meal safe from bacteria and keep your family and friends from getting sick:

1-Safely cooking a turkey starts with correctly defrosting it; place your bird on a tray or pan to catch any juices and keep it refrigerated until it’s ready to cook.
2-A 20-pound frozen turkey can take up to five days to thaw out so plan ahead.
3-Turkeys need to be cooked to an internal temperate of 165 °F.
4-Leftovers need to be refrigerated within two hours after serving.

Fire Safety

The average number of cooking fires on Thanksgiving is triple that of a normal day. Here a few simple ways to avoid fires:

1-“Stand by your pan” when cooking. Never leave food, grease, or oils cooking on the stovetop unattended.
2-Pot holders, oven mitts, food wrappers, and other things that can catch fire should be kept away from the stove.
3-Children should also be kept away from hot stoves and paid particular attention to when they are in the kitchen.
4-Facing pot handles towards the rear of the stove can save them from being knocked over and scalding people nearby.
5-Long sleeves and loose clothing should be avoided while cooking as it can easily catch fire.

Thanksgiving Travel Safety

The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and with all the excitement travelers can become more focused on celebrations than getting to their destination as safely as possible. Following these travel tips will keep everyone safe on the road and in the air:

1-An emergency road kit is important to have in case of a breakdown or accident.
2-Ideally, travel outside of the heaviest days to avoid congestion – which are the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday afterward.
3-Get your car road-ready and start your trip with a full tank of gas.
4-Don’t be distracted. It’s illegal to text and drive in Massachusetts and drivers who text and drive are 23 times more likely to get into a crash than those who don’t.
5-Don’t drink and drive.
6-At airports, remember the 3-1-1 rule for carry-ons.
7-Food items in your carry-on luggage must be in clear plastic bags and less than 3.4 ounces.
8-Thanksgiving is the busiest time of the year at airports; packing smartly will help security lines move along quickly.

Retrieved on October 12, 2016 from: https://blog.mass.gov/blog/safety/thanksgiving-home-travel-safety-tips/. Thanksgiving Home & Travel Safety Tips.  Mass. Gov Blog: The Official Blog of the Website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Focusing on Fire Safety

Fire Safety

October is National Fire Prevention Month. Historically, this month marks the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that burnt out of control for several days and killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed more than 17,000 buildings.


To acknowledge National Fire Prevention Month and to continue to educate the University community regarding fire prevention, UD's Facilities Management Environmental Health and Safety/Risk Management will be hosting the following training opportunities:

>>Live Fire Extinguisher Training - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
>>Safety Street Fair and Smokeout - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 5-8 PM
>>"After the Fire": The Movie and College Tour- Monday‚ September 19, 2016 - 7-9 PM

Live Fire Extinguisher Training

UD's Facilities Management Environmental Health & Safety/Risk Management annually partners with Silco Fire & Security to host the Live Fire Extinguisher Training.  This is the 15th year that UD wil be hosting this demonstration. At this event, students can gain first hand experience on how to properly use a fire extinguisher to put out a live fire. Students can also learn about the various type of fire extinguishers and the types of fires they put out. Please see the event details listed below. 

This event is considered an Engagement Opportunity for students.  Therefore, students can accumulate Path (Points Accumulated Toward Housing) credit by attending thid event.  These points can help to determine priority in attaining a student’s desired housing.

WHEN:    Wednesday October 26, 2016, 11:30 PM - 1:00 PM
WHERE:  Kennedy Union Plaza

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Fire Extinguisher Practice

Safety Street Fair and Smokeout

UD's Facilities Management Environmental Health & Safety/Risk Management will be hosting a Safety Street Fair and Smokeout. UD annually partners with the Dayton Fire Department, UD Residential Properties, the UD Neighborhood Fellows and UD Residence Life to host fire prevention events on campus. This year, the American Red Cross and other local partners will join in the event. This activity will include a live demonstration smoke-out where students can learn firsthand about the dangers of fire and how to protect themselves and and also offer an opportunity to go through a building filled with‚ simulated smoke. Students will also have the opportunity to practice putting out a live fire with a fire extinguisher. Free food, T-Shirts and other goodies will be on hand. Please see the details listed below.

This event is considered an Engagement Opportunity for students.‚ Therefore, students can accumulate Path (Points Accumulated Toward Housing) credit by attending this event.  These points can help to determine priority in attaining a student's desired housing. 

WHEN:   Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
WHERE:  Art Street Amphitheater and 118 Lawnview Street

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Fun and Food

Demonstrations and Hands on Training

Agencies and Organizations

"After the Fire": The Movie and College Tour


On Monday, September 19, 2016, two Seton Hall University fire survivors shared their story: “After the Fire” – The Movie & College Tour with University of  Dayton students and guests.  Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simons were badly burned by a fire caused by arson which started in their dormitory in the early morning  hours of January 19, 2000. This is a story of survival, perseverance and inspiration and a story of heroes and cowards. Please take a few minutes to review the  information below to learn more about this event and how those in attendance were impacted.

This event was sponsored by UD's Student Development and Environmental Health and Safety/Risk Management departments and has been presented at several colleges and universities throughout the United States.

The Presentation: “After the Fire”



Related Links

UD Quickly- University of Dayton News and Views

"After the Fire":  Background/Videos/Photo Journals/Testimonials

Archive of Safety Information

If you are interested in reviewing past safety articles, please access the following link:

Archive of Safety Information>>>