WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Travel safety shouldn’t be your only concern this Thanksgiving.
James Jarvis with the Cape Fear chapter of the American Red Cross was on WECT's First at Four on Monday to share safety tips from the kitchen to the highway and back.
"Check the tires. Check the fluids," Jarvis said. "Make sure you have all of the things you would need in case you break down on the road."
According to AAA, 54 million Americans will travel 50 or more miles away from home this Thanksgiving, which is a 5 percent jump from last year and the most since 2005. Because of that, travel times in the country’s most congested areas could take four times longer than normal.
Cold and flu season is also upon us, and Jarvis said it's important to guard against the spread of germs while traveling. Washing your hands with soap and water and using hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes can help in that effort.
Finally, more home fires occur on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year and Jarvis shared some ideas for staying safe in the kitchen. He mentioned turning handles on pots and pans toward the back of the stove so small children won't grab for them and risk pulling hot ingredients onto themselves.
If you plan to fry your turkey, Jarvis recommended doing so outside and making sure of each step in the cooking process.
“Don’t try to overextend your performance abilities,” Jarvis said of families cooking at home.
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