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Thanksgiving Travel & Safety Tips

To ensure a safe and happy thanksgiving, follow these simple, convenient travel and Thanksgiving safety tips to keep your family and home safe for the holidays:
• Remove fall-related objects that might allow access to your home. For example, ladders for cleaning leaves out of gutters can be used to enter a window or scale a fence
• Don’t post about Thanksgiving travel plans on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or any social media site letting people know that you will be out of town
• Turn your telephone ringer down so no one outside can hear repeated rings; and review your answering machine message to make sure it does not imply that you are away
• Make sure to have all mail, newspapers, and deliveries stopped or picked up by a neighbor, friend or relative
• Never leave a key hidden outside. Burglars know all the best hiding places
• Secure all windows, including those upstairs
• Have a friend move your car occasionally if it is parked in the driveway
• Use timers to operate lights
• Many OCSD contract cities offer vacation checks if you plan to be away. Call your local station to inquire about signing up.
Also, according to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home-cooking fires. Follow these fire-safety tips to ensure everyone has a safe and healthy Turkey Day:
• Be sure to keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency, and teach your family how to use it
• Be cautious when using turkey fryers as they pose a number of distinct safety concerns, including burn and fire hazards
• Never wear loose fitting clothing when cooking. Long, open sleeves could ignite and catch fire from a gas flame or a hot burner. Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking
OCSD wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!