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Palm Springs Police Department
Wednesday November 25th, 2009 :: 04:15 p.m. PST


**The Palm Springs Police Department** has an important message for you! **Thanksgiving holiday safety tips**

Thanksgiving Safety Tips:

~ Plan your trip and drive according to conditions- remember to have a passenger use the cell phone or utilize hands free utility! This largest traveled holiday accounts for the most fatalities.

~ Wear your seat belt!!! Seat belts are proven to save lives and prevent injuries.

~ Make sure children are secured in an approved child safety seat.

~ Get enough rest and don't try to drive when you would normally be asleep.

~ If you need to make a phone call, pull off the road and keep your call short.

~ Don't answer your cell phone while driving. Let your cell phone take a message and pull off the road to answer your calls.

~ Don't text and drive!!! Taking your eyes off the road for just a second or two can have tragic consequences.

~ Don't consume alcohol!! Buzzed driving is the same as drunk driving.

~ Start your holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven. Make sure any old grease or food spills are cleaned up to lessen the chance of a flare-up.

~ Keep kitchen clutter and loose clothing away from stove burners.

~ NEVER leave cooking food unattended.

~ Turkey fryers are for outdoor use away from combustible structures.

~ If the contents in a pot or pan catch fire, do not touch or try to move the pot or pan as you may spread the fire or burn yourself. Extinguish the flames with a metal lid or larger pot.

~ Never use water on a grease fire. Extinguish the flames with a metal lid or larger pot.

~ Keep holiday decorations away from heat sources such as stoves, candles or heaters.

~ In the event of a fire or medical emergency, always call 911.

From the Palm Springs Police Department -- Best wishes for a SAFE and happy holiday weekend!

Palm Springs Police Department
200 S Civic Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Emergency: 9-1-1

Mitch Spike

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