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MAKE YOUR HOLIDAY TRAVEL SAFE!
Many people choose to travel during the holidays by automobile, with the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation. In 2015, 355 people died on New Year's Day, 386 on Thanksgiving Day and 273 on Christmas Day, according to Injury Facts 2017. Alcohol-impaired fatalities represent about one-third of the totals.
- Use a designated driver to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday party;
alcohol, over-the-counter or illegal drugs all cause impairment.
- Make sure every person in the vehicle is properly buckled up no matter how long or short
the distance traveled.
- Put that cell phone away; many distractions can occur while driving, but cell phones are
the main culprit.
- Properly maintain the vehicle and keep an emergency kit with you.
- Be prepared for heavy traffic, and possibly heavy snow
BEWARE OF FIRE HAZARDS
Candles and Fireplaces
- Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle.
- Keep candles out of reach of children,
- Make sure candles are on stable surfaces
- Don't burn candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items
- Don't burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace
- Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year
Thousands of deaths are caused by fires, burns and other fire-related injuries every year, and 12% of home candle fires occur in December, the National Fire Protection Association reports. Increased use of candles and fireplaces, combined with an increase in the amount of combustible, seasonal decorations present in many homes means more risk for fire.
While many subscribe to the theory any fried food is good, even if it's not necessarily good for you, there is reason to be on alert if you're thinking of celebrating the holidays by frying a turkey.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports there have been 168 turkey-fryer related fires, burns, explosions or carbon monoxide poisoning incidents since 2002. CPSC says 672 people have been injured and $8 million in property damage losses have resulted from these incidents.
NSC discourages the use of turkey fryers at home and urges those who prefer fried turkey to seek out professional establishments or consider a new oil-less turkey fryer.
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