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Thanksgiving weekend 2020, MedStar crews responded to 250 car crashes on area roadways, including 15 rollovers and 6 auto pedestrian crashes.  We also responded to 111 chest pain calls, 170 calls for fall victims, and 8 choking calls.

Thanksgiving is a time for family, fun and food.  We’d also like to help make sure the holiday is SAFEIn addition to the COVID-19 recommendations, here are a few other safety tips as you enjoy the holiday weekend:

 

 

 

 

Safe Travels – the day before Thanksgiving is the most traveled day of the year!

  • If your plans include driving, check the weather along your route and plan for travel around any storms that may be in the area you are traveling.
  • Please be sure to use seat belts and, of course, no one should drink and drive.
  • Drivers should be well rested and alert and give their full attention to the road – avoid distractions.
  • Make frequent stops and for long trips, rotate drivers.

Safe Cooking

  • Cooks should avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while preparing the holiday meal.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire – potholders, 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.
  • Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
  • Never leave the stove unattended – if the cook has to leave the kitchen even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • Check food regularly.
  • Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
  • 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.

We wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!