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AMCOM encourages safety throughout  the holidays

☷AMCOM encourages safety throughout the holidays

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   From late November to mid - January , when many families gather , parties are attended and travel increases , safety should be on everyone’s minds . The U . S . Army Aviation and Missile Command Safety Office , along with the National Safety Council , offer tips to help ensure you and your family remain safe throughout the holidays . TRAVEL SAFELY If traveling during the holidays , be sure your vehicle is in good condition and be prepared for emergencies . ● Prepare your car for winter and keep an emergency kit with you . ● Get a good night’s sleep befor......e departing and avoid drowsy driving . ● Leave early , planning ahead for heavy traffic . ● 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 occur while driving , but cell phones are the main culprit ● Practice defensive driving . ● Designate a sober driver to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday party; alcohol or over - the - counter prescription and illegal drugs can cause impairment . SHOP SAFELY When shopping during the holidays , be sure to take steps to ensure safety . ● Be wary of “shoulder surfers” as you take out cash from ATMs or pay for items with your credit card . Make sure to put receipts in a safe place . ● If carrying a large amount of cash , keep a portion of the money separate from your wallet/purse in case you get pick pocketed or lose your purse . ● If you bought so many presents that you have to take a trip to the car to unload your packages , make sure you place the items in your trunk and out of sight . Since thieves often watch store parking lots , relocate your car to another parking space after loading the trunk . DECORATE SAFELY Decorating is one of the best ways to get in a holiday mood , but emergency rooms see thousands of injuries involving holiday decorating every season . When decorating follow these tips from the U . S . Consumer Product Safety Commission: ● Keep potentially poisonous plants – mistletoe , holly berries , Jerusalem cherry and amaryllis – away from children . ● If using an artificial tree , check that it is labeled “fire resistant . ” ● If using a live tree , cut off about 2 inches of the trunk to expose fresh wood for better water absorption , remember to water it and remove it from your home when it is dry . ● Place your tree at least 3 feet away from fireplaces , radiators and other heat sources , making certain not to block doorways . ● Avoid placing breakable ornaments or ones with small , detachable parts on lower tree branches where small children can reach them . ● Only use indoor lights indoors and outdoor lights outdoors and choose the right ladder for the task when hanging lights . ● Replace light sets that have broken or cracked sockets , frayed or bare wires , or loose connections . ● Follow the package directions on the number of light sets that can be plugged into one socket . ● Never nail , tack or stress wiring when hanging lights , and keep plugs off the ground away from puddles and snow . ● Turn off all lights and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house . CANDLES and FIREPLACE SAFETY Use of candles and fireplaces , combined with an increase in the amount of combustible , seasonal decorations in many homes during the holidays , means more risk for fire . The National Fire Protection Association reports that one - third of home decoration fires are started by candles and that two of every five decoration fires happen because the decorations are placed too close to a heat source . ● Place candles where they cannot be knocked down or blown over and out of reach of children . ● Keep matches and lighters up high and out of reach of children in a locked cabinet . ● Use flameless , rather than lighted , candles near flammable objects . ● Don ' t burn trees , wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace . ● Use a screen on the fireplace at all times when a fire is burning . ● Never leave candles or fireplaces burning unattended or when you are asleep . ● Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year . FOOD SAFETY Keep your holidays happy by handling food safely . The foodsafety . gov website from the U . S . Department of Health and Human Services provides some valuable holiday food safety tips: ● Wash your hands frequently when handling food . ● Keep raw meat away from fresh produce . ● Use separate cutting boards , plates and utensils for uncooked and cooked meats to avoid cross - contamination . ● Use a food thermometer to make sure meat is cooked to a safe temperature . ● Refrigerate hot or cold leftover food within two hours of being served . ● When storing turkey , cut the leftovers in small pieces so they will chill quickly . ● Leftovers are safe for three to four days when properly refrigerated .


24 November 2022 ( November 24 2022 )



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