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.