Keep your family safe this holiday season

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By Staff Writer

The holidays are a time to celebrate and be with loved ones. But with all the hustle and bustle there are increased dangers on our roadways and in your homes. Here are some tips to keep your family safe and sound this holiday season.

Is it your turn to host the big, holiday meal? Just remember that the kitchen is where most fires in the home start. Follow these tips to keep your home free from fires:

  • Every kitchen should have these safety essentials on hand, a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector,
  • Donít leave your kitchen unattended while cooking,
  • Keep the oven area clean of grease build-up and gave nothing flammable near the stove,
  • Heat cooking oil slowly; heating oil too quickly can easily start a fire. In the event of a grease fire, never pour water on it; as it will spread,
  • If a pan catches fire, slide a lid over the pan and turn off the stove burner. Leave the lid on until it is completely cool,
  • Keep the oven or microwave door shut if a fire starts,
  • And if you fry a turkey this year, please watch this cautionary tale to learn more about turkey fryer fire dangers.

And unfortunately your Christmas tree could also be a fire hazard. Watch this video to learn more.

Whether you are on your way to Grandmaís house for holiday festivities or driving to the mall for that last gift on your list, itís important to be extra cautious on the roadways.

  • Pay attention to the other drivers and drive slowly in the parking lot to provide extra reaction time
  • Anticipate pedestrians and obey all crosswalks within the parking lot. When entering particularly high foot-traffic areas, take your foot off the accelerator and cover the brake.
  • To protect your car from dings and scratches park away from other vehicles and away from the store and don't park next to crooked cars.
  • If winter weather hits, slow down especially over bridges and overpasses and avoid sudden changes in speed or direction and always brake cautiously since abrupt braking can cause loss of steering control.
  • Never drink and drive but also be on the lookout for other drivers operating their vehicles under the influence.
  • Plan your trip to avoid driving at night. If you think you're going to be out after dark, keep these night driving tips in mind.
  • Keep jumper cables, thick blankets, extra food and water, coats and jackets, and a flashlight in case you have car trouble and are stranded in cold weather.

Going out of town for the holidays? Did you know that a house, apartment, or condominium in the United States is burglarized once every 15 seconds according to the FBI? Fortunately, taking a few simple precautions can dramatically reduce the risks of an invader gaining access to your home.

  • Use automatic timers on lights when on vacation.
  • Always park your cars in the garage with the garage door shut. A burglar may otherwise notice a pattern that a closed garage door or no cars in the driveway means no one is home.
  • If possible, have your telephone calls forwarded when you are away from home.
  • Have a trusted neighbor pick up the mail and newspaper. If possible, do not have either stopped.
  • Have a plan in place to have the grass mowed or snow shoveled.
  • If you are away from home on garbage pickup day, ask a trusted neighbor to put your garbage cans out to the street and take them back in.
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