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Thanksgiving Safety Tips: Washing the Bird & Participating in Holiday Games
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on November 28, 2013 @ 8:50PM
Created on November 28, 2013 @ 3:22PM

A constant argument when it comes to Thanksgiving is to wash the bird or to not wash the bird. When 5 News asked people in the community what they did Thanksgiving morning, most of them said they washed it. But local doctors said that might not be the best idea.

We know what you're thinking, you were always told to wash your food before you eat it, especially if it was raw turkey or chicken. But doctors told 5 News since turkeys are so big, when you wash it, it tends to splash salmonella all over your counter top, other food you may be cooking with, or even yourself. So even if you think you've cleaned everything off, you may want to do it again before you go to bed just to be safe. Doctors said if you cook the turkey right, you won't have any problems with bacteria.

"Rule of thumb this year is there's no need to bathe the bird, but the bird's got to be 165 degrees. So, if we achieve that internal temperature there's no bacteria that will harm us," said Dr. Mark Povroznik, United Hospital Center. 

Dr. Povroznik had some other helpful tips for you. Most of you who are spending time with your family on Thanksgiving will probably stay for an extended weekend. Even though that might be fun you may be a little more active than usual if you decide to take part in some football games. Doctors say to be careful how much exercise you actually do this holiday weekend, especially for those of you out there who aren't used to exercising on a regular basis. That's because you could easily get hurt.

Just remember this is a time for you to be with your family, not to make an emergency room visit.

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