STAYING SAFE DURING THE HOLIDAYS HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME MERRY AND STILL STANDING
There’s nothing quite as magical as the holiday season. The crisp scent of frost in the air encourages you to settle into a cozy blanket with a cup of warm cider and a roaring fire. Strings of lights and warm hearths offer a backdrop to family gatherings filled with laughter and generosity. But, as you crank up the heat, adorn your home with more decor, and welcome in family, disaster could strike at any minute. Take note of these holiday safety tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday season. T otal T urkey F ailure As turkey day approaches, millions of fryers are coming out of storage in preparation for the big day’s feast. However, turkey fryer fires are also a common (and devastating) part of this holiday. To avoid this, keep your
Adorned with pretty lights, it fills the hearts of many homes this holiday season — and sadly, it can also create more fire danger. Before decorating your home with lights, check your electrical system, the strings of lights you want to hang up, and the items the lights will be near to keep your holiday from going up in smoke. D evastating T haw As the temperature continues to drop, homes rely on more heat, but if you don’t check your heating system before turning it on, you could be risking a fire. Furthermore, if your heating system does go on the fritz, you might have to resort to dangerous space heaters for warmth. In addition to the fire hazard they pose, space heaters also have the potential to emit carbon monoxide, which can be deadly.
fryer off your deck and away from your home. Furthermore, be careful to set it up away from foliage in your driveway or yard. Finally, make sure you have a completely thawed turkey, and avoid frying in the snow or rain. Learn more turkey- frying tips from the pros at butterball.com .
Stay safe this holiday season and trust the experts at Liberty Inspection Group. Call 610.717.3082 or visit our blog at Libertyinspectiongroup.com/blog for more information.
P retty L ights , D angerous S ights Many families begin preparing for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving, and that includes trimming the tree.
Inspired by Bon Appétit magazine
A SIMPLE BRINE FOR SUCCULENT TURKEY
No matter how you cook your bird for Thanksgiving, it will taste better if you brine it beforehand. Break out your biggest cooler and some ice to ensure that your guests rave about your turkey.
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons kosher salt
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2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
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3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional)
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 large onion, peeled and diced
1/4 cup celery, diced 2 large sprigs thyme
3. Add 6 quarts cold water to
1. In a large stock pot, bring salt, sugar, and 4 cups water to a boil. Stir until all ingredients are dissolved. 2. Turn off heat and add remaining
brine. Add turkey and submerge completely. Brine chilled for up to 72 hours.
ingredients. Place brine in the fridge, uncovered, until cold.
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