Nov 21, 2013 4:01 PM by PRESS RELEASE
Millions of Americans will be preparing meals and traveling throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The American Red Cross has safety tips for the kitchen and for the highway.
"More home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year," said Tony Credeur, preparedness manager for south Louisiana. "The week of Thanksgiving busy for travel too. We want everyone to arrive, enjoy time with their loved ones and make it home safely."
Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and related injuries. Follow these 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.
Vehicles should be in good working order before heading out. 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.
The Red Cross has a variety of emergency supplies and first aid kits available at redcrossstore.org.