10 Holiday Travel Tips That Will Have You Asking for Seconds

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Millions of people are expected to travel over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, and the American Red Cross is offering tips travelers can follow as they visit loved ones over the long weekend.

More vehicles are expected on the highways, making travel risks greater. Bad weather and distracted drivers also add to the danger, so plan ahead and expect delays.


  1. Make sure your car is in good condition for a road trip.
  2. Pack an emergency preparedness kit and supplies in the trunk.
  3. Share travel plans with a family member or friend.
  4. Check the weather along your route and plan for travel around any storms that may be coming.
  5. Be well rested and alert.
  6. Buckle up, slow down, and don’t drive while impaired.
  7. Follow the rules of the road and use caution in work zones.
  8. Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
  9. Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers. If you’re too tired to drive, stop and get some rest.
  10. If you have car trouble, pull of the road as far as possible.


Winter weather:

  • Keep the car’s gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Pull over and stay with your vehicle. Do not try to walk to safety.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna for rescuers to see.
  • Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes won’t back up in the car.
  • Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running to help rescuers see the vehicle.
  • Keep one window slightly open – away from the blowing wind – to let in air.

Public transportation and preventing the spread of the flu virus:

  • Everything you touch is likely touched by someone else – luggage, seats, etc. – which is how germs are spread.
  • Handle your own belongings. Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Carry hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes with you. You can use them to wash your hands or wipe down surfaces such as armrests.
  • Bring your own pillows and blankets – they can act as a shield against the seat itself.
  • Avoid touching your face or eyes. If you have to cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue or your sleeve.



People can download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to weather alerts for their area and where loved ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.

The Red Cross is Calling All New Hampshire / Vermont Residents for Nominations for Their “Everyday Heroes”

everyday-heroes-awards-logo Every day, ordinary people make extraordinary contributions by putting their own needs aside to help others in our community. The American Red Cross is calling on all New Hampshire and Vermont residents to nominate someone for the “Everyday Heroes Awards,” an annual event that salutes these often unsung heroes.

This year, the American Red Cross and MyNews5 are asking the residents of New Hampshire and Vermont to nominate a friend, a co-worker or someone they know for the “Everyday Heroes Awards” so that someone who has done something extraordinary can be honored for their selfless acts.

A hero might be someone simply lending a helping hand or someone who’s saved a life.

Possible nomination categories could include:

  • Good Samaritan (over 18 or under 18)
    • Citizen responsible for an extraordinary act of heroism or courage
  • Military member
    • Member of the armed forces (active or retired, commissioned or non-commissioned) whose lifesaving action went above and beyond the call of duty – this award may be awarded posthumously
  • Fire Fighter
    • Professional or volunteer fire fighter or emergency dispatch operator whose lifesaving action went above and beyond the call of duty
  • Law Enforcement
    • Law enforcement agent whose lifesaving actions went above and beyond the call of duty
  • International Services
    • Individual, group or company in recognition of their commitment to humanitarian efforts in other parts of the world
  • Animal Rescue
    • An animal that saved the life of a human, an ordinary citizen who used lifesaving skills to save the life of an animal(s), or to an individual involved in the care of animals.
  • Aquatics
    • Lifeguard or ordinary citizen whose lifesaving action was able to prevent a serious water-related injury or drowning
  • Medical Professional
    • Doctor, nurse or EMT whose lifesaving actions went above and beyond the call of duty
  • Community Impact
    • Presented to a community group, neighborhood organization or local company that consistently demonstrates a commitment to making their community a safer and more compassionate community
  • Community Service
    • Individual in recognition of volunteering their time to help others in the community
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    • Individual in recognition of their lifelong dedication and consistent support to further a cause that benefits the community

(The above are nomination suggestions – each category may not be awarded.)


Everyday Heroes Nominees must meet the following criteria:
1. Nominee must be a resident of New Hampshire.
2. The heroic act/rescue must have taken place between December 1, 2016 and November 30, 2017.

Nominations are being accepted now through Dec. 15, 2017.

To nominate a Hero in New Hampshire, go to the New Hampshire nomination page.

To nominate a Hero in Vermont, go to the Vermont nomination page.

The winners will be honored at the Everyday Heroes Awards event in each state.

New Hampshire: On Wednesday, April 18, 2018 the Everyday Heroes Awards will take place at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH. The address is 70 Constitution Ave., Concord, NH 03301. The event will begin at 5:30pm and run to 8:30pm.

Vermont: Vermont winners will be honored at the Everyday Heroes Awards event on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel. The address is 870 Williston Rd. Burlington, VT 05403. The event will begin at 5:30pm and run to 8:30pm.

Winners will be awarded in the company of their loved ones, and possibly the people they helped. Videos showcasing their stories will be shown for an evening of stories that align with the Fundamental Principles of the American Red Cross. More information on the event can be found here.

10 Holiday Cooking Safety Tips from Red Cross

cooking-tip-stayinthekitchenMillions of people will gather for Thanksgiving to enjoy time with loved ones and a delicious holiday dinner. And in preparation, many revelers are cooking and concocting elements of their meals in the coming days. With cooking being the number one cause of home fires, the New Hampshire / Vermont Region of the American Red Cross recommends that everyone follow these fire safety steps:

  1. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year if your smoke alarm requires it.
  2. Don’t wear loose clothing or sleeves that dangle while cooking.
  3. If you are frying, grilling or broiling food, never leave it unattended – stay in the kitchen. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  4. If you’re simmering, baking, roasting or broiling food, check it regularly.
  5. Use a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on.
  6. Keep kids and pets away from the cooking area. Make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
  7. Keep anything that can catch fire – pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels or curtains – away from your stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  8. Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
  9. Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
  10. Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.

Bonus Tip

The Red Cross First Aid App provides expert advice for common mishaps or emergencies including cuts, burns and what to do if someone is choking. Download the app for free in your app store or text GETFIRST to 90999.