Things to have at hand on Thanksgiving Day: Meat thermometer, carving knife, whipped cream and earplugs to block out Uncle Max’s tirades. Oh, and this list. Print it out to stick on the ‘fridge, and keep a copy on your computer for quick links to important Web sites. American Association of Poison Control Centers
U.S. Department of Agriculture
888-674-6854 (8 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST Thanksgiving Day)
AskKaren.gov (a virtual representative that answers food-safety questions)
Butterball Turkey hotline
You may also want to keep the numbers of your local fire department and plumber handy. Thanksgiving is one of the biggest days for cooking fires. That day and the day after are busy for plumbers who are called upon to clear out everything that has been thrown down the kitchen sink.