Monday, November 23, 2015

Safe Travels This Thanksgiving Holiday

By: Edward L. Blais, JD, CIC

If you and your family are traveling to visit loved ones, it is important to be aware of others who may be doing the same. An estimated 42 million people will be traveling this Thanksgiving season. No matter your destination or travel route, Blais Insurance would like to provide you with these travel safety precautions:
  • Pay close attention to weather conditions prior to departure. Try to avoid driving in conditions such as dense fog and freezing rain. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supply kit in your vehicle.
  • Be sure to check that your vehicle is in good working order. Your tires should be properly inflated and both your gas and wiper fluid tanks should be filled.
  • Make sure everyone is wearing a seat belt. In 2013, 883 people were killed in auto accidents resulting from failure to wear a seatbelt. Of those fatalities, nearly half could have been prevented through proper seatbelt use.
  • If driving for an extended length, make frequent stops and switch drivers periodically to allow adequate rest time.
Although they are much more expedient methods of transportation, planes and trains can also present safety concerns. Given that Thanksgiving occurs during flu season, please keep in mind the following tips to ensure safe travels:
  • If someone in your family has been sick the week before, consider postponing your trip.
  • Although symptoms may disappear, you remain contagious for about a week.
  • Handle your own belongings as much as possible. Wash your hands frequently if you come into contact with others.
  • Carry hand sanitizer and/or disinfectant wipes with you
  • Bring your own blankets and pillows

On behalf of all of us at Blais Insurance, we wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Information for this article provided by: The American Red Cross