American Red Cross
Roasted 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:
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:
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 redcrossstore.org.
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 redcross.org/mobileapps.