American Red Cross of Mid-South

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Letter from Executive Director, Laura Vaughn – December 2014

Laura Vaughn v2 white bMillions of people will travel to spend the holidays with loved ones. It is also a time when cooks spend a lot of time in the kitchen. We want to help keep you safe whether you are traveling or whipping up a feast for family and friends. Here are a few safety tips for you and your family.

• Check the weather along your route and plan your traveling accordingly.
• Use your seat belt and no drinking and driving.
• Make sure that you are well rested and alert  – no texting and driving.
• Follow the rules of the road – observe the speed limit.
• Use caution in work zones.
• Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers.
• Clean your headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows to help you see better.
• Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or if you are using your windshield wipers due to inclement weather.

COOKING SAFETY Cooking is the number one cause of home fires, so we also have information cooks can follow to avoid a fire.
• Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while preparing the holiday meal.
• Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
• Never leave the stove unattended.
• Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
• Keep anything that can catch fire – pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
• Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
• Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.
• Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.

People can also download the Red Cross First Aid App to have information at their fingertips if an emergency occurs, they can find out more about all of the Red Cross apps at

Wishing you and your family both a safe and blessed holiday season,


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