November 29, 2020

Law Enforcement Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Franklin Police Department/Heard County Sheriff’s Department Thanksgiving Safety Tips

(Franklin) — “The increased traffic that traditionally occurs during the Thanksgiving holiday means that drivers must be more alert when traveling. Safety begins behind the wheel and we’re asking all motorists to follow the rules of the road and to drive safely.” states Chief Kevin Hannah.

“Every effort will be made to remove aggressive, impaired drivers from highway, including asking law-abiding motorists to report drivers who endanger others. In addition to highway safety, we ask that everyone be careful regardless of what your plan consist of, during this Thanksgiving holiday.”

“Please be aware that the following tips are only a few things that we can do to keep ourselves safe, not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year as well,” says Heard County Sheriff Ross Henry.

“If you have any questions on safety measures that you can take, please contact your local law enforcement agency.  We will be more than happy to assist you and answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have. I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving.”


turkeycartoonTravel Tips

When you travel, plan ahead! Whether you are planning to travel across the country or simply across town, it is equally important to keep safety in mind.

  • Prior to traveling, obtain a map or download the latest available GPS data.

  • Have a route planned and let others know of your departure and arrival destination. If traveling for an extended distance, keep in touch with a family members and/or friends, informing them of your location. Daytime travel is best!

  • Do not pick up hitchhikers or stranded motorist. Should you observe anyone in need of assistance, extend them the courtesy of reporting your observation to the police at your earliest opportunity.

  • Have a fully charged cellular telephone with you at all times and vehicle charger for extended travel distance.

  • Keep your vehicle doors locked and windows rolled up.

  • If you become lost, find a heavily populated business, police station or fire department to ask for directions.

  • If you experience a breakdown, pull as far onto the shoulder as possible and activate your emergency flashers. Immediately summons assistance from a reputable source and/or call for law enforcement response. If a stranger stops, speak to them through a partially rolled-down window and do not exit your vehicle until a law enforcement officer or tow truck operator arrives.

  • If you feel that you are being followed, do not drive home. Immediately notify law enforcement and follow the directions they provided based on your location.

  • Replenish fuel prior to reaching ¼ tank and carry a breakdown kit/first aid kit.

  • Devote your full time and attention to driving! If you feel yourself getting tired, pull over and take a break at a safe location.

Shopping Tips

Whether you are doing some early Christmas shopping or preparing for a Thanksgiving feast, shoppers are reminded to be alert of their surroundings.

  • Always try to walk to and from your vehicle with another person. If you are shopping alone, consider walking near other shoppers in the parking lot.

  • Shop with friends or relatives if possible; there is safety in numbers. If you are leaving a store late at night and/or feel unsafe, do not hesitate to ask for a security officer or employee to accompany you to your vehicle.

  • Inside a store or mall, avoid dark hallways and backroom areas. Avoid using restrooms that are in isolated locations of buildings. Always accompany your child(ren) to the restroom facility.

  • When using a shopping cart to transport small children, ensure that they are properly secured by following the directions indicated at the rear of the cart. Do not leave children unattended in carts or allow them to ride in the basket area.

  • A male should carry his wallet in the front pocket of his pants, rather than in a back pocket or in a jacket. A female should hold her purse close to her body, with the opening facing towards her; when walking with another person, the purse should be held between the two.

  • Consolidate purchases into one or two bags so you can keep track of everything. Never leave purchases unattended, even for a few minutes.

  • Shoppers are often forced to park further away from buildings during the holiday shopping season, sometimes in poorly lite areas. Now that there is less daylight you’re likely to find yourself entering the building while the sun is up and leaving after dark. If forced to park away from the building, park in a highly traveled area with security lighting present.

  • Place purchases in the trunk or cargo area of your vehicle so they are out of the sight of thieves. Avoid leaving valuables in the passenger compartment of your vehicle.

  • Handle bank and credit cards as if they were cash and memorize your PIN codes.

  • If you withdraw money from an ATM, ensure it is in a highly visible location. For withdrawals made after dark it is recommended that you have someone accompany you and avoid making large cash withdrawals. Minimize time spent at the ATM by being prepared to make the withdrawal and immediately leaving the area. Avoid using the ATM if you see anyone loitering near the machine or approaching your location in a suspicious manner.

Cooking Safety Tips

Now that you have safely returned home, we want to keep it that way. According to the U.S. Fire Administration website; Thanksgiving Day fires in residential structures cause more property damage and claim more lives than residential structure fires on other days.

  • Always remain in the kitchen while cooking food on the stove top. Whenever you are utilizing the oven make sure to use the timer and conduct kitchen checks.

  • Keep the cooking ware clean and free of easily combustible items such as food packaging, drapes, towels, food wrappers and pot holders. They should be kept a minimum of 3 feet away from the oven, stove or other hot surface.

  • When cooking, do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or dangling jewelry. The clothing can catch on fire and the jewelry can catch on pot handles, causing spills and burns.

  • Keep young children away from the cooking area and closely monitored while they are in the kitchen.

  • When deep-frying a turkey, always follow the manufacturers instructions relating to the proper usage of the cooker. It should be placed on a level surface, in an open area away from homes, fences, sheds and other structures. Never place the cooker on a wooden deck or inside a garage. The cooker should be monitored at all times and children should not be allowed in the area while the cooker is being used.

  • Not only humans face hazards during cooking of Thanksgiving dinners.  Dogs and other pets should be prevented from getting into or near the cooking area.

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