Red Cross Issues Safety Tips for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Millions of people will travel to spend their Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones and the American Red Cross has steps they can follow to help make sure they have a safe trip.

The holiday is also a time when cooks spend a lot of time in the kitchen and there are tips they can use to avoid a cooking fire while whipping up their Thanksgiving dinner. 

“The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest times of the year for travelers and we want to make sure everyone remains safe on their trip,” said Maria Devlin, CEO of the American Red Cross in New Hampshire and Vermont. “Cooking is the number one cause of home fires, so we also have information cooks can follow to avoid a fire.” 

TRAVEL SAFETY If plans include driving, travelers should check the weather along their route and plan for travel around any storms that may be coming. Everyone should use their seat belts and no one should drink and drive. Drivers should be well rested and alert and give their full attention to the road – no cell phones. Other driving safety tips include:

  • Follow the rules of the road – observe the speed limit.
  • Use caution in work zones.
  • Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers.
  • Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.
  • Clean your headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows to help you see, especially at night.
  • Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or if you are using your windshield wipers due to inclement weather.
  • Pack an emergency kit for your car. A list can be found at the DMV.org site.

COOKING SAFETY Cooks should avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while preparing the holiday meal. Never leave the stove unattended – if the cook has to leave the kitchen even for a short time, they should turn off the stove. More cooking safety steps are:

  • Check food regularly.
  • Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
  • 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.

DECORATING SAFETY  Many of us will adorn our homes with myriad lights and baubles to create a warm and inviting atmosphere inside and out. But these items are not entirely without their own dangers. Some home decorating safety tips include:

  • Lighting
    • Inflatable lawn ornaments, lights and wreaths look great, but do they really need to be on when you’re not at home? Unplug them before you leave the house.
  • Candles
    • They smell great, and look inviting, but unattended candles are a major source of home fires. Remember to keep everything “three feet from the heat.”

“People can also download the Red Cross First Aid App to have information at their fingertips if an emergency occurs,” said Devlin.  “They can find out how more about all of the Red Cross apps at redcross.org/apps.”

 

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

 

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New Hampshire Blood Donation Opportunities Dec. 1-15, 2015

MANCHESTER, NH (November 17, 2015) – The American Red Cross encourages individuals and organizations to give something that means something this winter by making a lifesaving blood donation or hosting a blood drive.

Blood donations often decline from now to New Year’s Day when holiday festivities pull people away from their donation appointments. Seasonal illnesses, such as colds and the flu, can also have a serious impact on blood donations.

In addition, there are fewer blood drives during the winter months when many hosting organizations postpone drives while people are traveling for the holidays. Severe winter weather may also cause scheduled blood drives to be canceled.

Despite the busy holiday season and threat of extreme freezing weather, the need for blood remains steady. Organizations can help by hosting a blood drive during the winter months, and eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative, A negative and AB blood.

Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more about hosting a blood drive. To make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can now use the Blood Donor App to access their donor card and view vital signs from previous donations.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Belknap

Laconia

12/3/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sacred Heart Hall-Laconia, 31 Gilford Avenue

Meredith

12/5/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Meredith Community Center, One Circle Drive

Tilton

12/13/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tanger Outlet Center, 120 Laconia Road

Carroll

North Conway

12/1/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Kennett High School, 409 Eagles Way

Wolfeboro

12/2/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Wolfeboro Inn, 90 N Main Street, P O Box 1270

Cheshire

Jaffrey

12/12/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., United Church of Jaffrey, 54 Main Street

Keene

12/12/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Best Western Plus Sovereign Hotel, 401 Winchester Street

12/7/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., St. Bernard Church, 185 Main Street

12/8/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Best Western Plus Sovereign Hotel, 401 Winchester Street

Grafton

Lebanon

12/2/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, 10 Alice Peck Day Drive

12/9/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, 10 Alice Peck Day Drive

Lincoln

12/12/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lincoln Town Hall, 148 Main Street

Hillsborough

Bedford

12/11/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., VHB Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc, 2 Bedford Farms Suite 200

Hudson

12/5/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Kathryn Parish, 4 Dracut Road

Manchester

12/2/2015: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Envy Sports Club, 298 Queen City Ave.

12/2/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., North End Montessori School, 698 Beech Street

12/4/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Franklin Pierce University, 670 N.Commercial Street

Merrimack

12/1/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St John Neumann Church, 708 Milford Road

12/15/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St John Neumann Church, 708 Milford Road

Milford

12/10/2015: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., VFW Post 4368, 1 VFW Way

Nashua

12/3/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., The Elks Lodge, 120 Daniel Webster Hwy

Peterborough

12/11/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Union Congregational Church, 33 Concord Street

Merrimack

Concord

12/1/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Disability Determination Services – Walker Building, 21 South Fruit Street

12/11/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., NH Supreme Court, 2 Charles Doe Drive

12/14/2015: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 180 Loudon Rd.

12/14/2015: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Hugh Gallen State Office Complex Howard Rec Building, 99 Pleasant St.

12/2/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles, 23 Hazen Dr.

12/5/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Concord Moose Lodge, 170 North State Street

12/8/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sam’s Club, 304 Sheep Davis Road

12/9/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., BW Design Group, 5 Chenell Drive

Franklin

12/9/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bessie C. Rowell Community Center, 12 Rowell Drive

Hooksett

12/8/2015: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., David R. Cawley Middle School, 89 Whitehall Road

Rockingham

Brentwood

12/4/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Rockingham County Nursing Home, 117 North Road

Danville

12/4/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Danville Community Center, 169 Main Street

Epping

12/2/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Post 51-Epping, 232 Calef Highway

Londonderry

12/8/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Londonderry Lions Hall, 256 Mammoth Road

Newmarket

12/4/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Saint Mary’s Parish, 182 South Main Street

Portsmouth

12/3/2015: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Portsmouth Hospital, 333 Borthwick Ave.

12/4/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Cinemagic Portsmouth, 2454 Lafayette Rd, US Route 1

Salem

12/14/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Walmart Salem, 326 North Broadway

Windham

12/1/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Windham Fire Department, 3 Fellows Rd.

Strafford

Barrington

12/14/2015: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Barrington Recreation Department, PO BOX 660, 105 Ramsdell Lane

Dover

12/2/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saint Ann Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 195 Dover Point Road

Durham

12/10/2015: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., UNH Memorial Union Building, 83 Main St.

12/7/2015: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., UNH Memorial Union Building, 83 Main St.

12/8/2015: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., UNH Memorial Union Building, 83 Main St.

12/9/2015: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., UNH Memorial Union Building, 83 Main St.

Lee

12/4/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Lee Church Congregational, 17 Mast Road, Rt 155

Madbury

12/12/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Madbury Town Hall, 334 Knox Marsh Road – Rte 115

Rochester

12/1/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Rochester Elks Lodge, 41 Columbus Avenue

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site. 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Vermont Blood Donation Opportunities Dec. 1-15, 2015

Give something that means something – Give blood or host a blood drive

 BURLINGTON, VT (November 17, 2015) – The American Red Cross encourages individuals and organizations to give something that means something this winter by making a lifesaving blood donation or hosting a blood drive.

Blood donations often decline from now to New Year’s Day when holiday festivities pull people away from their donation appointments. Seasonal illnesses, such as colds and the flu, can also have a serious impact on blood donations.

In addition, there are fewer blood drives during the winter months when many hosting organizations postpone drives while people are traveling for the holidays. Severe winter weather may also cause scheduled blood drives to be canceled.

Despite the busy holiday season and threat of extreme freezing weather, the need for blood remains steady. Organizations can help by hosting a blood drive during the winter months, and eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative, A negative and AB blood.

Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more about hosting a blood drive. To make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can now use the Blood Donor App to access their donor card and view vital signs from previous donations.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Bennington

Bennington

12/3/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Hospital Dr.

Manchester

12/8/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Burr & Burton Academy, Seminary Road

Chittenden

Burlington

12/8/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Seventh Generation, 60 Lake Street

Charlotte

12/3/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Charlotte Senior Center, 212 Ferry Road

Essex

12/9/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Covenant Community Church, 1 Whitcomb Lane

Franklin

Enosburg Falls

12/10/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Enosburg American Legion, 108 Depot Street

Montgomery Center

12/6/2015: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., St Isidores Parish Hall, Route 242

Saint Albans

12/10/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., 14th Star Brewing Company, 133 North Main Street

Lamoille

Johnson

12/3/2015: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, Route 15

Orange

Randolph Center

12/3/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Vermont Technical College, 124 Admin Dr

Orleans

Lowell

12/1/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Lowell Graded School, 52 Gelo Park Rd

Newport

12/2/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., United Church of Newport, 63 Third Street

Westfield

12/8/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westfield Community Center, Westfield Community Center, Corner or North Hill Road and School Street PO Box 175

Rutland

Castleton

12/1/2015: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Castleton  University, President’s House, 119  Alumni Drive

Fair Haven

12/14/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fair Haven H.S., 33 Mechanic Street Ext.

Rutland

12/10/2015: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Diamond Run Mall, 46 Diamond Run Mall Place

12/11/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Elks Lodge #345, 44-46 Pleasant St.

12/12/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., GOLM Alliance Community Fellowship Church, 1 Scale Ave., suite 101 building 3a

12/15/2015: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., GOLM College of St. Joseph A, 71 Clement Road

12/2/2015: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., US Army Reserve Building, 2143 Post Road

12/4/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Rutland High School, 22 Stratton Rd

12/5/2015: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., GOLM American Legion A, 33 Washington Street

12/7/2015: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Holiday Inn, 476 Holiday Dr

West Rutland

12/9/2015: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., GOLM West Rutland, 35 Marble Street

Washington

Barre

12/7/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Formula Nissan, 1504 US Rte 302

Windham

Bellows Falls

12/1/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Bellows Falls Community, 8 School Street

Brattleboro

12/1/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Carl M Dessaint VFW Post 1034, 40 Black Mountain Road

Windsor

Ludlow

12/7/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Ludlow Community Center, 37 Main Street

Norwich

12/10/2015: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Tracy Hall, 300 Main Street

Springfield

12/9/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Springfield Elks, 49 Park St

Woodstock

12/11/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Masonic Temple, Main Street

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site. 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.