Thursday, November 21, 2013

ReadyWisconsin Helps You Keep Thanksgiving Safe

Over the river and through the woods...people across Wisconsin will be driving and flying for the holidays. ReadyWisconsin wants you and your family to be safe. Follow these simple travel and holiday tips that can save you from heartaches, headaches and potential dangers.

On the Road
Check the roads: Before you leave, get the latest Wisconsin road conditions at or call 511
Keep gas in the tank: Have at least a half tank of gas in your car in case you are stranded or stuck and need to run your heater
Have a winter emergency kit: Keep a kit in your vehicle with candles and matches, a flashlight, pocket knife, snacks, a cell phone adapter, a blanket and extra clothing. For a complete list and a chance to win a kit, go to

Thanksgiving Day Fire Danger
Each year more than 4,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving Day
Leading cause of fires: unattended cooking
Make sure all stoves, ovens and ranges are turned off when you leave the kitchen
Set timers to keep track of turkeys and other food items that require extended cooking times
Follow all manufacturer guidelines regarding the appropriate use of appliances including turkey fryers
Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, and other items away from your stovetop

Accidents Happen, Be Ready
Cooking-related burns are common at Thanksgiving. Save the butter for the rolls and not a burn. For superficial burns, cool the area by running cold water on the burn until the heat eases, then loosely cover the burn with a sterile dressing. Seek appropriate medical care.  

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