9 ways to stay safe over the holidays
- The American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter is offering tips to help prevent accidents and emergencies while people are finalizing plans for holiday events and travel.
The American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter is offering tips to help prevent accidents and emergencies while people are finalizing plans for holiday events and travel.
“Following a few simple tips can help make the holiday season safe and enjoyable,” said Dave Griffith, executive director.
1 Place Christmas trees at least three feet away from any heat sources and exits. Water a real tree daily.
2 Don’t overload electrical outlets. Unplug holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.
3 Keep candles away from combustible materials and in a place where children and pets can’t get to them.
4 Pick a designated driver when attending a party and provide non-alcoholic beverage options if hosting a party.
5 Keep children and pets away from the stove. turn pot handles in, and turn off burners if leaving the kitchen.
6 Make sure vehicles are in good working order before holiday trips. This includes checking tire air pressure and windshield fluid, and cleaning lights and windows.
7 Equip vehicles with an emergency preparedness kit with water, snacks, flashlight, first aid kit and blankets.
8 Check weather and road conditions before traveling.
9 Share travel plans including intended route and estimated arrival time with someone.