Thanksgiving Facts

 In 2021, Tip of the Week

We love Thanksgiving. We know about the pilgrims and how they gathered to celebrate their first year of survival in the New World. But how much do you really know about Thanksgiving? There are some interesting facts about this favorite holiday:

  • Because of a mistake made by Swanson involving 260 tons of frozen turkeys intended for Thanksgiving, TV dinners were created in 1953, kickstarting the $1.2 billion frozen dinner market. (https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tray-bon-96872641/)
  • On average, 40 million whole bird turkeys are consumed in the U.S. on Thanksgiving.
  • The U.S. spends $96 million on stuffing on Thanksgiving. 80 million pounds of cranberries are purchased for the holiday. And 35% of U.S. Thanksgiving dinners are finished off with pumpkin pie.
  • Thanksgiving air travel for 2021 is expected to be twice that of 2020, but only 75% of the air travel that carried people to Thanksgiving destinations in 2019.

Unfortunately, there is more. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shares these statistics (https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Thanksgiving):

  • Three times the daily average, or about 1,400 kitchen fires happen annually on Thanksgiving.
  • Cooking caused about 42% of home fire injuries and was the second leading cause of home fire deaths for 2015 – 2019. The leading contributing factor was unattended cooking.

Here are some basic cooking safety tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen while cooking on a stovetop, and keep the lid to the pot or pan within reach. Should a fire start, slide the lid on the pan and turn off the burner.
  • Prevent accidental burns on little ones by keeping them occupied elsewhere (out of the kitchen) while you are cooking. The NFPA recommends keeping kids at least three feet away from hot stoves and ovens. A free downloadable guide for ideas on what different age groups can do in the kitchen is offered by the NFPA here: https://sparky.org/assets/uploads/kids_in_the_kitchen.pdf?_ga=2.12749438.832176404.1637171162-355580691.1637171162
  • Stay home while the turkey is in the oven. If a fire breaks out, keep the oven door closed and turn it off.
  • Keep small pets out of the kitchen and items off the kitchen floor to prevent slips, trips, and falls.

And for you fried turkey enthusiasts, please watch this short video produced by the NFPA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to discourage the practice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjUynq0HXdQ&t=112s.

SCM is thankful for all our friends and the family we have adopted – you. We wish you each a happy, safe, and yummy Thanksgiving!

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