12 Days of Safety

Greater Ozarks Region

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield, MO 65802

Contact: Nigel Holderby

Telephone: 414-207-6349

Red Cross Offers Tips For Twelve Days of Holiday Safety

To Keep The Season Safe, Happy And Bright

December 13, 2011 – Having a busy time getting ready for the holidays?
While everyone is shopping, baking, gift wrapping, decorating and going
to parties, the American Red Cross, Greater Ozarks Region, has holiday
tips to help make the season a safe one.

Follow us on Facebook – American Red Cross: Greater Ozarks Region and
Twitter at @OzarksRedCross for a tip a day on being Red Cross Ready on
these 12 days before Christmas!

1. Prepare vehicle for traveling to grandmother's house. Build an
emergency kit and include items such as blankets or sleeping bags,
jumper cables, fire extinguisher, compass and road maps, shovel, tire
repair kit and pump, extra clothing, flares, and a tow rope.

2. Drive the sleigh and reindeer safely. Avoid driving in a storm. If
travel is a must, let someone know the destination, the route being
taken to get there, and how long it should take to arrive. If the car
gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along the predetermined
route.

3. Help prevent the spread of the flu. Stay home if sick. Wash hands
with soap and water as often as possible, or use an alcohol-based hand
rub. Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or
sneezing, and throw the tissue away after use. If a tissue isn't
available, someone should cough or sneeze into their elbow, not their
hands.

4. Follow Santa's fashion lead – dress in layers. When it is cold
outside, layered lightweight clothing will keep a person warmer than a
single heavy coat. Gloves and a hat will prevent loss of body heat.

5. Use a Red Cross-trained babysitter when attending holiday
festivities. Red Cross-certified babysitters learn to administer basic
first aid; properly hold and feed a child; take emergency action when
needed and monitor safe play. Some may be certified in Infant and Child
CPR.

6. Avoid danger while roasting chestnuts on an open fire. Stay in the
kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If leaving the kitchen
even for a short period of time, turn off the stove. This is important
because unattended cooking causes nearly 90 percent of all kitchen
fires.

7. Be a lifesaver during the holidays. The Red Cross recommends at least
one person in every household should take first aid and CPR/AED
training. Visit www.redcross.org/training
<http://www.redcross.org/training> for details and to register.

8. Designate a driver or skip the holiday cheer. Buckle up, slow down,
and don't drive impaired. If someone plans on drinking, designate a
driver who won't drink.

9. When the weather outside is frightful, heat the home safely. Never
use a stove or oven to heat the home. Never leave portable heaters or
fireplaces unattended. Install smoke alarms.

10. Cut down on heating bills without being a Grinch. Get the furnace
cleaned and change the filters. Make sure furniture isn't blocking the
heat vents. Close off any rooms not in use and turn off the heat in
those rooms. Turn down the thermostat and put on a sweater.

11. Home for the holidays? Travel safely. Check the tire air pressure
and make sure the windshield fluid is full. Be well rested and alert.
Give full attention to the road – avoid distractions such as cell
phones. If someone has car trouble, pull off the road as far as
possible.

12. Resolve to Be Red Cross Ready in the New Year. Get ready now in case
someone in the household faces an emergency in 2012.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to
victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood;
teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and
supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a
charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on
volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its
mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org
<http://www.redcross.org/> or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org
<http://blog.redcross.org/> .

K. Nigel Holderby

Chief Communications Officer

American Red Cross

Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield, MO. 65803

(417) 832-9500 ext 107 (p)

(866) 206-0256 (toll free)

(417) 207-6349 (c)

(417) 866-3649 (f)

holderbyn@redcross-ozarks.org

<http://www.redcross.org/gifts>

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