The American Red Cross shares holiday travel safety tips

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Farmington, Connecticut. (WFSB) – Although no major storms are expected over the Christmas weekend, the Red Cross shares reminders on holiday travel safety on Thursday and Friday.

The American Red Cross wants to make sure you know all the tips and tricks to reach your destination safely despite potentially dangerous road conditions.

During blackouts, the Red Cross recommended using flashlights in the dark.

Candles create a nice atmosphere on a stormy night, but can be difficult to follow during a violent storm.

If you are using a generator, make sure you understand the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and how to use your generator.

For example, it is important not to use generators inside homes, garages, basements, crawl spaces, sheds, or other enclosed spaces.

With the holidays approaching, your fridge should be stocked with the ingredients you need to make Christmas dinner.

An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours.

A full freezer with the door closed will maintain temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if half full).

For many of us, mobile phones are very important. It’s important to make sure your phone is fully charged along with your other devices.

During the aftermath of a power outage, if power lines are down, it is important not to touch them and to report them to the power company.

If the food has been exposed to temperatures above 40° F (4° C) for more than 2 hours, or if it has an unusual odor, color, or texture. If in doubt, throw it away!

Don’t rely on food appearance. Food may look and smell good, but it’s not okay. Foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria can start multiplying rapidly. Certain bacteria produce toxins that cannot be destroyed by heating.

Not all of us are stuck in a home without power. Instead, some are down the road of traveling to family.

The American Red Cross recommends staying off the road in bad weather, but if you have to go out, watch out for icy bridges and overpasses first.

Normally you shouldn’t do this, but don’t get too close to the car in front.

Practice safe driving so that you are in complete control rather than relying on cruise control.

If that wasn’t stressed enough, be careful with the road.

Traffic accidents due to road surface freezing are something that everyone wants to spend without accidents.

Prepare for your vacation trip with regularly updated weather forecasts.

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