SANTA ANA, Calif. November 22, 2013 — 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 Maxine Margaritis, regional CEO, American Red Cross. “The week of Thanksgiving is also one of the busiest travel periods. We want people to arrive at their destinations, enjoy time with their loved ones and make it home safely.”
COOKING SAFETY Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and related injuries. Follow these safety tips:
TRAVEL SAFETY Vehicles should be in good working order before heading out. Remember to:
The Red Cross has a variety of emergency supplies and first aid kits available at redcrossstore.org.
KNOW HOW TO TREAT EMERGENCIES People can learn how to respond to emergencies by downloading the free American Red Cross First Aid App. Users receive 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.
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. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.