By Lynn Mitchell, ANAD Safety OfficeNovember 14, 2019
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- At any time of the year, but especially during the holiday season, we face hazards when we travel, when decorating our home and with food preparation.
With the holiday season, many of us will travel great distances to see family or friends and most of our travel will be done by automobile. Traveling by car is one of the most dangerous methods of transportation.
According to the National Safety Council, there were more than 40,000 deaths due to motor vehicle accidents every year from 2015-2018.
Here are some tips to get to your destination safely:
• Plan ahead and allow plenty of time to get to your destination.
• Prepare your car for the weather.
• Have an emergency kit in your car, including blankets for cold weather.
• Drive defensively -- watch for those around you who may not be driving safely.
• Don't text or talk and drive.
• Don't drink and drive.
At home, we need to think safety as we are decking the halls.
• Be aware of which plants are poisonous and keep them out of reach of children and pets.
• Artificial trees should be fire resistant.
• Real trees should be trimmed two inches from the bottom when you prepare to bring them inside and should be watered on a daily basis.
• Use the correct lights and ensure they are plugged in correctly.
• Follow proper ladder safety rules when working outside.
When it comes time for the holiday parties, remember to follow food safety rules to keep everyone safe and well.
• Wash hands before preparing food and after handling raw meat.
• Don't use the same cutting utensils or cutting boards for raw meat and produce.
• Keep track of how long food has been sitting out. A good rule of thumb is to never leave anything out for more than two hours.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. To view their tips for cooking safety, visit their website at www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Top-fire-causes/Cooking.