Thanksgiving is about food and family, but with the concerns over safely preparing the holiday feast or traveling to visit loved ones, it can be stressful too. The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region offers tips to ensure everyone has a safe holiday week.
“Thanksgiving is a time for celebration and stopping to think about what we are grateful for,” said Cindy Erickson, CEO of the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region. “These safety tips will help everyone focus on what matters this season, and avoid a serious home fire or travel dangers.”
Turkey Tips and Cooking Cares from Your American Red Cross
Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries. These fires are more likely to start in the kitchen than any other room in your home.
More safety tips to follow to ensure a safe Thanksgiving in the kitchen:
Another helpful step is to download the Red Cross First Aid app which puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in someone’s hand. The app is free and available for iPhone and Android users; search the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.
House fires are the worst disaster threat to families in the United States. To learn how to prevent a fire in the home and how to keep members of the household safe, people can download the Red Cross Fire Prevention and Safety Checklist.
ON THE ROAD Most holiday travelers get to where they are going by car. To arrive safely, the Red Cross recommends these safety steps for travelers who will drive to visit their loved ones this Thanksgiving:
It’s also recommended to keep an emergency preparedness kit in the vehicle. Useful items include water, snacks, a flashlight, first aid kit, extra cash and blankets. Red Cross Emergency Preparedness kits are available in the Red Cross Store.
TRAINS, PLANES, BUSES For people traveling by air, bus or train, the Red Cross reminds them that the seasonal flu can occur as early as October. If people have come in contact with someone who is sick, perhaps the trip should be postponed as they may be contagious for a week before symptoms appear.
Other safety tips to avoid the flu while traveling include the following:
For more information on how to remain safe while traveling this Thanksgiving, visit the Red Cross web site.
The Red Cross is part of the “All Ready” campaign, a unified effort among emergency preparedness experts in the bi-state region that focuses on the importance of individual preparedness. The campaign encourages the three critical steps of preparedness: Make a plan, Get a kit, Be informed.
The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.
About the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region:
Celebrating 95 years of dedicated service in the region, the American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. Thousands of volunteers and generous donors provide community support services including disaster relief, preparedness efforts, training in lifesaving skills, service to military families and blood services. The Greater St. Louis Region covers St. Louis City, and 72 surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois. All disaster relief services are free. To learn more about the Red Cross and how you can help, contact your local Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcross.org.