Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Happy New Year! The holidays are truly a happy time when families and friends gather together to enjoy festivities, food, fellowship and many times gift giving. Unfortunately, there are many opportunities for tragedy to outshine the happiness. This holiday season, let safety take the front seat in every endeavor.
Many people travel to visit family or to get to a new or favorite destination. There are many tips to keep you and those you love safe during travel. If you travel involves an automobile, keep these tips in mind:
- Always, always, always, wear your seatbelt and ensure anyone traveling with you is wearing theirs as well. Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading killer of children and ranks in the top 10 as a leading killer of adults as well.
- Don’t text or talk on the phone when driving. The use of a cell phone while driving increases the change of getting into an accident by 400%, texting while driving makes you 23 more times likely to crash.
- Don’t drive when you are tired. Let someone else take the wheel or wait until you have slept and feel rested.
- Be aware of road conditions and allow adequate time to get to your destination.
For more helpful tips to keep you and your loved ones safe during the holidays, visit these websites: SafeKids Worldwide (www.safekids.org), Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov), and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.org).