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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • American Red Cross Offers Safety Tips for the Holidays

  • While people in Nebraska and SW Iowa are finalizing plans for holiday events and travel, the American Red Cross has tips to help prevent accidents and emergencies.
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  • While people in Nebraska and SW Iowa are finalizing plans for holiday events and travel, the American Red Cross has tips to help prevent accidents and emergencies. Following a few simple tips can help make the holiday season safe and enjoyable,” said Tina Labellarte, Region CEO. Holiday Decorations and Parties ∑ Place Christmas trees at least three feet away from any heat sources and exits. Water the tree daily. ∑ Don’t overload electrical outlets and unplug holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed. ∑ Keep candles away from combustible materials and in a place where children and pets can’t get to them. ∑ Pick a designated driver when attending a party and provide non-alcoholic beverage options if hosting a party. ∑ Keep children and pets away from the stove; turn pot handles in; and turn off burners if leaving the kitchen. Holiday Travel ∑ Make sure vehicles are in good working order before holiday trips. This includes checking tire air pressure and windshield fluid, and cleaning lights and windows. ∑ Equip vehicles with an emergency preparedness kit with water, snacks, flashlight, first aid kit and blankets. ∑ Check weather and road conditions before traveling. ∑ Share travel plans including intended route and estimated arrival time with someone.

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