Gobble Up These 4 Thanksgiving Tips


Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

As many of you prepare to host or travel, we offer these four quick tips we hope are cooked to perfection! Quick reminder: most county offices and services will be closed Thursday and Friday; check the schedule.


#1: Donate Food

This Thanksgiving (and at any time), consider donating to our local food pantries — they are always in need of donations. Be sure to call ahead for the hours they accept donations.

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#2: Food Safety

No matter the size of your gathering, some simple food safety tips will go a long way to prevent illnesses. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick from food poisoning each year. Follow some of these easy food safety tips:

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#3: Fire Safety

Though our Fire and Rescue Department is great, you don’t really want to host them on Thanksgiving for all the wrong reasons.

More cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. Follow these tips as you host or visit:

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Over the last several years, turkey fryer fires have contributed significantly to the increase in cooking fires.

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#4: Recycle Cooking Oil

Gobble! Gobble! Will you produce cooking grease? Are you frying a turkey this Thanksgiving? Be sure to properly recycle these fats, oils and greases.

You can recycle waste cooking oil any day of the week at the I-66 transfer station or the I-95 landfill complex. Follow signs to the Household Hazardous Waste disposal area. Dispose of a variety of cooking oils including vegetable, peanut, canola, olive and deep fryer oils. Cooking oil should be delivered in original containers or in clearly labeled uncontaminated containers. This is not intended for fats and grease.

Continue to “can the grease” and dispose of it in the trash. Watch:

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