The holidays are a time for joy and good cheer and the Red Cross wants to help you keep it that way.
The organization is offering tips to stay safe this holiday season with their Twelve Days of Holiday Safety Program.
"If you’re getting the sleigh hooked up and going to grandma’s house, make sre you have a full tank of gas," said Dan Hartman of the Red Cross. "Make sure everyone’s buckled up. Make sure you have a disaster kit and blankets because sometimes its a little frightful out there."
And if you’re going out on your own and leaving the kids at home, Hartman recommends having a Red Cross certified baby sitter. He says CPR certification can help in a time of crisis.
And Hartman says to use caution with open flames.
"We have had so many fires here lately," he said. "So if you’re roasting chestnuts on the open fire, don’t burn the house down. A little safety is a good thing."
Hartman said to never use the stove or oven to heat your home. Don’t leave portable heaters or fireplaces unattended.
And most importantly, make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working properly.