Red Cross Issues Safety Tips
for Thanksgiving Holiday
Oklahoma, Wednesday, November 25, 2015- Oklahomans will hit the roads to spend their
Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones and the American Red Cross has steps they can
follow to help make sure they have a safe trip. These tips are also important as
Oklahoma prepares for upcoming winter weather.
The holiday is also a time when cooks spend a lot of time in the kitchen and there
are tips they can use to avoid a cooking fire while whipping up their Thanksgiving
DRIVING TO GRANDMA'S HOUSE Check the weather along your route and plan for travel
around any storms that may be coming. Watch weather predictions for your entire
route so you know what to expect along the way.
* Buckle up, slow down, don't drive impaired.
* Be well rested and alert.
* Follow the rules of the road.
* Use caution in work zones.
* Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
* Observe speed limits - driving too fast or too slow can increase your chance
of being in a collision.
* Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers. If you're too tired to
drive, stop and get some rest.
* Don't follow another vehicle too closely.
* Clean your headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows to help you see,
especially at night.
* Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or if you are using your
windshield wipers due to inclement weather.
* Don't overdrive your headlights.
* If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible.
If winter weather threatens and you become stuck in the snow, these tips are for you:
* Stay with the car. Do not try to walk to safety.
* Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna for rescuers to see.
* Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the
exhaust pipe clear so fumes won't back up in the car.
* Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running to help rescuers see
* Keep one window away from the blowing wind slightly open to let in air.
* Carry an emergency preparedness kit in the trunk.
* Keep your car's gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from
Heat sources such as space heaters, fireplaces or wood and coal stoves can pose a
fire hazard, and fatal fires peak in the early morning hours when most people are
sleeping. To reduce the risk of heating related fires, the Red Cross recommends the
* All heaters need space. Keep children, pets and things that can burn (paper,
matches, bedding, furniture, clothing, carpets, and rugs) at least three feet away
from heating equipment.
* Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended, and use a glass or metal fire
screen to keep fire and embers in the fireplace.
* Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.
* Turn off portable space heaters every time you leave the room or go to sleep.
* Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, and chimneys inspected annually by a
professional, and cleaned if necessary.
* If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable
surface (such as ceramic tile floor), not on rugs, or carpets or near bedding or
drapes. Plug power cords directly into outlets and never into an extension cord.
* Heeding Flood Warnings: Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated
flood information. A flood WATCH means flooding or flash flooding is possible in
your area. A food WARNING means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or
will occur soon in your area. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for
your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
* Relocating During Flood Warnings: Stay away from flood waters. If you come
upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankle, stop, turn around and go
another way. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go
another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly
around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be
swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
* Keep children and pets out of the water, as they are curious and can be harmed
by flowing or contaminated water.
* Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
COOKING SAFETY Cooks should avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while
preparing the holiday meal. Never leave the stove unattended - if the cook has to
leave the kitchen even for a short time, they should turn off the stove. More
cooking safety steps are: