“More home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year,” said Chris Osborne, Communications Officer, Alabama 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 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.
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.