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Red Cross “Talks Turkey” to Prepare Families for a Safe Thanksgiving

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Cooking is the number one cause of home fires

The holiday season is here and thousands of families will soon celebrate Thanksgiving with loved ones. As you search for recipes, prepare your shopping lists and make plans to gather around the table, the American Red Cross urges you to make safety a priority. So, let’s “Talk Turkey” and cover some basic steps you can take to prepare for a safe holiday.

  • Download the free Red Cross First Aid app to have emergency information at your fingertips. With all of the cooking, eating, and conversation that takes place, common health risks include burns and choking.
  • Of course, the best way to be prepared is by knowing what to do before an emergency occurs. Now through the end of December, the Red Cross is offering free Family First Aid and CPR online training. Sign up today and encourage friends and families to do the same. 
  • Cooking is the number one cause of home fires, and according to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 4,000 fires occur every year on Thanksgiving Day. Here are some tips to reduce fire hazards:
  • Before cooking for the holiday, and always once a month, make sure your smoke detectors are working.
  • While cooking, avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves and make sure to stay in the kitchen. Check food regularly and use a timer as a reminder that the stove, oven and other kitchen appliances are on.
  • Remember to keep children, pets and decorations away from candles and other fire sources.
  • The Red Cross offers many other Thanksgiving fire safety tips to reduce the risk of home fires.
  • If travel plans include driving, prepare for your trip in advance. The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest times of the year to be on the road, so planning ahead is crucial to staying safe.
  • Make sure your vehicle is in good working order. Fill your gas tank, check the air pressure in your tires and make sure you have windshield fluid.
  • Check the weather and road conditions on your route in advance. Download the Red Cross Emergency app for severe weather and emergency alerts. For travel within Oregon, use TripCheck for up-to-date road conditions. For travel in other states, consult the local Department of Transportation website.
  • Don’t forget to keep an emergency supply kit in your car. Basic items to have on hand include a first aid kit, jumper cables, flashlight, cell phone charger, food, water and a blanket.
  • For more “Talk Turkey” holiday and emergency preparedness tips, follow the Red Cross Cascades Region on social media.     

    Twitter @RedCrossCascade

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