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This Holiday Weekend, We Give Thanks for Safety

TGRoasted turkey, cranberry sauce, candied yams, mince pie, friends and relatives around a beautifully set table … ah, if Norman Rockwell could only see us now. That’s how most of us hope Thanksgiving dinner will go. The reality, however, often includes disasters that range anywhere from grandpa’s toupee falling into the gravy bowl to kitchen fires that can destroy not only the holiday but the home, as well.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving (when grease- and cooking-related fires more than double) than on any other day of the year. Not to worry, however, the American Red Cross can help you to remain thankful for Thanksgiving by becoming your prevention partner during this holiday season. All you need to do is follow a few cooking safety tips:


  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the cooking area.
  • Clean all cooking surfaces to prevent grease buildup.
  • Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food. Turn burners off if leaving the kitchen.
  • Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby. Use it to cover the pan if it catches on fire.
  • Place turkey fryers outside and away from the house, deck and garage.


And because the week of Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel periods of the year, the Red Cross also offers some good travel tips that will help you make it safely over the river and through the woods … to grandmother’s house we go. (Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself). Vehicles should be in good working order before heading out. Also remember to:

  • Pack emergency supplies like blankets, water and snacks, flashlight and first aid kit.
  • Fill the fuel tank, check air pressure in tires and top-off windshield fluid.
  • Buckle up and obey all traffic signs.
  • Avoid distractions while driving like using mobile phones to talk or text.
  • Designate a driver who won’t be drinking whenever alcohol is served.

Of course, even the most careful cook or discriminating diner can end up in trouble. Most of us know about the unbuckle-your-pants-and-take-a-Bromo-Seltzer kind of first aid favored by chronic overeaters, but the Red Cross is a great source of basic first aid information that transcends Thanksgiving tummy aches.  The Red Cross has a variety of emergency supplies and first aid kits available at

Also, people can learn how to respond to emergencies by downloading the free American Red Cross First Aid App that provides users with instant access to expert advice whenever and wherever they need it. The app is available in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to


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This entry was posted on November 26, 2013 by in Uncategorized.

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