Have a Safe Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is Here; Red Cross Issues Safety Tips AND GivingTuesday.
Millions of people have taken to the roads, skies and kitchens as Thanksgiving quickly approaches. Because this holiday is a peak time for congested travel and home cooking fires, the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross asks everyone to follow the steps below to help stay safe this holiday.
Each year, Thanksgiving is one of the leading days for home cooking fires. You can help protect yourself and your family from home fires—the nation’s most frequent disaster—by testing your smoke alarms and practicing your escape plan with free resources from the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign (redcross.org/homefires).
“Cooking fires can destroy a family’s Thanksgiving — and sadly, in some cases, their home,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive office. “Please prepare now with your loved ones to safely enjoy the holiday.”
Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year if your smoke alarm requires it. Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.
While cooking, don’t wear loose clothing or sleeves that dangle.
If you are frying, grilling or broiling food, never leave it unattended — stay in the kitchen. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires.
If you’re simmering, baking, roasting or broiling food, check it regularly.
Use a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on.
Keep kids and pets away from the cooking area. Make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
Keep anything that can catch fire — pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
Each year, millions of people drive to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends — making it one of the busiest times for road traffic. If you’re planning to travel by car, follow these safety tips:
Make sure your car is in good condition for a road trip.
Pack an emergency preparedness kit, supplies and a first aid kit in the trunk.
Share travel plans with a family member or friend.
Check the weather before departing and along your route. Plan for travel around any storms that may be coming.
Be well rested and alert.
Buckle up, slow down and don’t drive impaired.
Follow the rules of the road and use caution in work zones.
Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers. If you’re too tired to drive, stop and get some rest.
If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible.
THE FLU AND YOUR TRAVEL PLANS
If public transportation is part of your travel plans, remember it’s flu season. From luggage to seats, everything that you touch is likely touched by someone else. Follow these tips to help avoid the spread of germs.
Handle your own belongings.
Wash your hands often with soap and water.
Carry hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes with you. You can use them to wash your hands or wipe down surfaces, such as armrests.
Bring your own pillows and blankets. They can act as a shield against the seat itself.
Avoid touching your face or eyes. If you have to cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue or your sleeve.
‘Give Something That Means Something’
with American Red Cross on Giving Tuesday
In a year when disasters upended the lives of thousands of people, the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross is asking everyone to Give Something that Means Something for families in need through its 2019 Holiday Giving Campaign.
“Every day, home fires and other crises turn people’s lives upside down,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer. “Families are counting on your support to remember them during this special time of year. On Giving Tuesday, please consider making a financial donation or a blood donation or volunteering your time.”
GIVING TUESDAY Beginning on December 3rd, please #GiveWithMeaning at redcross.org/gift to support people in need with a symbolic gift, which you can make in honor of the special people in your life:
Help disaster victims. Your gift of $250 can deliver hot meals for 25 people who need nourishment after a disaster. A donation of $100 can provide a family of two with a full day’s worth of emergency shelter with meals, snacks, blankets, a cot and hygiene supplies. Help provide warmth with a gift of $50, which can provide blankets for 10 people.
Help our veterans. A donation of $125 can help veterans transition back to civilian life by connecting them and their families to critical services such as food, housing, counseling and rehabilitation.
Help internationally. Your gift of $100 can help provide lifesaving vaccinations for 100 children who face an increased risk of measles and rubella around the world.
Give the gift of life. Visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets.
Volunteer to help others. To learn more about becoming a Red Cross volunteer, visit redcross.org.
GIVING HOPE EVERY DAY Every 8 minutes, someone affected by disaster is helped by donations to the Red Cross. The generosity of Red Cross donors helps provide people with necessities like shelter, food, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance.
The need is constant—and this year was no different. In the Palmetto SC Region, the Red Cross responds to an average of six home fires every day. That’s as often as one every four hours. Last year, volunteers helped nearly 7,000 people after local disaster in the state.
In addition to helping families recover from these events, the Red Cross also helps save lives by installing free smoke alarms and helping residents create escape plans through its Home Fire Campaign, which has saved 65 lives in South Carolina since it began in 2014.
Because of generous support, in 2019, the Red Cross in South Carolina also:
Provided nearly 14,200 case services to military members, veterans and families.
Collected 80,00 units of lifesaving blood.
Enrolled more than 33,000 people in lifesaving courses like first aid, CPR and AED.