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Red Cross Offers Safety Tips for the Holidays

Holiday Safety Tips

PHOENIX (Dec. 24, 2012) – While people across Arizona are finalizing plans for holiday events and travel, the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter has some tips to help prevent accidents.

Around the house, place Christmas trees at least three feet away from any heat sources and all exits, and if it’s a real tree, make sure to water it daily. Don’t overload electrical outlets, and unplug holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed. Keep candles away from combustible materials and in a place where children and pets aren’t able to get to them. Pick a designated driver when attending a party, and provide nonalcoholic beverage options when hosting a party. Ensure that children and pets are away from the stove; turn pot handles in; and turn off burners when leaving the kitchen.

For road trips, make sure vehicles are in working order by checking tire air pressure and windshield fluid levels, as well as cleaning lights and windows. Equip vehicles with an emergency preparedness kit, consisting of water, snacks, a flashlight, a first aid kit and blankets. Check weather and road conditions. Share travel plans with someone, including intended route and estimated time of arrival.

“Adhering to a few simple tips can help make the holiday season safe and enjoyable for everyone,” said Dan Curtiss, the Emergency Services Director for the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Red Cross.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.arizonaredcross.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.