Will you be on our Kansas City roads traveling this holiday season? Thanksgiving is the start of one of the busiest traveling times of the year. In fact, the American Automobile Association projects an estimated 43.4 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home with 90% of those traveling by car.
Not only that, but cooking is the number one cause of home fires!
Here are a few tips and reminders to help keep you safe over the holidays.
Holiday Travel Safety
- If you’re driving, be sure to check what the weather is going to be like along your route and plan accordingly.
- Make sure your car is in good working order, such as inspecting tires and checking the oil.
- Include an emergency kit in your car with items such as flashlight, flares, jumper cables, ice scrapers and basic tools.
- Secure all items, such as food containers, etc., in your car so they don’t become a hazard should you have to stop or break suddenly.
- Make sure your driver is well-rested and alert and not using that phone to text, email or call anyone.
- There are still work zones on the road so do be cautious when driving through these.
- Make sure your headlights, taillights, signal lights are clean to help you see.
Always wear your seat belt. It’s one of the most effective ways to save lives and reduce injuries.
- Don’t post news on your social media accounts that you will be out of town.
- Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to pick up mail or deliveries. Never leave your keys outside!
- Secure doors and windows. Make sure there are no “easy” ways to get into your home such as ladders being left outside.
- Make it look like someone is at home. Use a timer for your lights.
- Listen to your answering machine (and cell phone) messages so that it doesn’t say you are out of town.
- Cooks should avoid wearing loose clothing.
- If you need to leave the kitchen or cooking area, be sure to turn off the stove – even being gone a short time can be dangerous.
- Keep flammable items away from the stove and oven, such as pot holders, oven mitts, paper towels, food packaging.
- Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
- Always check the stove, oven and other appliances before leaving the house or going to bed to ensure all are turned off.
Make sure you have a fire extinguisher readily available – just in case!
Don’t Stress! Have fun over the Holidays!
- Make time to sleep and eat right.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Make time for exercise.
Most of all, enjoy the people around you.
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