Make sure safety is on the menu before jumping in the car for Thanksgiving Day travels or staying in the kitchen all day whipping up dinner.
There tips offered by the American Red Cross can make for a safe road trip and help cooks to avoid kitchen fires.
If plans include driving, travelers should check the weather along their route and plan for travel around any storms. Everyone should use seat belts and no one should drink and drive. Drivers should be well rested and alert.
Other driving safety tips include,
- Follow the rules of the road – observe the speed limit.
- Use caution in work zones.
- Make frequent stops.
- During long trips, rotate drivers.
- Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.
- Clean your headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows to help you see, especially at night.
- Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or if you are using your windshield wipers due to inclement weather.
Cooks should avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while preparing the holiday meal. Never leave the stove unattended.
More cooking safety steps are ,
- Check food regularly.
- Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
- Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
- Keep anything that can catch fire – pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
- Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
- Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.
- Check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
“People can also download the free Red Cross First Aid App to have information at their fingertips if an emergency occurs,” said Mary Young, CEO of American Red Cross Metro New York North. “They can find out more about all of the Red Cross apps at redcross.org/apps.”
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