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Cherry Valley Police Department
Monday November 23rd, 2009 :: 02:03 p.m. CST


Have a safe Thanksgiving. Check your email for 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.

Cherry Valley Police Department
806 E. State St.
Cherry Valley, IL 61016

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 815-332-3432

Todd Houde

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