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American Red Cross Offers Thanksgiving Cooking and Travel Tips

(Northeast, PA November 21, 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 Peter M. Brown, Executive CEO. “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:

• 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.

TRAVEL SAFETY 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.

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.

Northeast PA Region Red Cross chapters and contact information:

Janet Curtis

Executive Director

Berks, Schuylkill

Office: (610) 375-4383, ext. 121

Cell: (570) 789-3659

Sherry Nealon-Williams

Interim Executive Director

Bradford-Sullivan,

Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties

Office: (570) 207-0111

Cell: (570) 417-5608

Jim Rienhardt

Executive Director

Poconos, Wayne Pike

Office: (570) 476-3800

Cell: (570) 234-9444

Sherry Nealon-Williams

Executive Director

Lackawanna, Wyoming Valley, Hazleton

Office: (570) 823-7161, ext. 325

Cell: (570) 417-5608

Peter M. Brown

Regional CEO

Greater Lehigh Valley

Office: (610) 865-4400, ext. 236

Cell: (610) 533-0500

About the American Red Cross:

You can help people affected by disasters like floods, fires, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS, (1-800-733-2767). Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross, Northeast Pennsylvania Region, 2200 Avenue A, Bethlehem, PA 18017, or your local Red Cross chapters.

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.