Wisconsin Emergency Management

Are You Ready for Thanksgiving?

Are You Ready for Thanksgiving? Over the river and through the woods.... people across Wisconsin will be driving and flying for the holidays. ReadyWisconsin wants you and your family to be safe. Following these simple tips during Thanksgiving can save you from heartaches, headaches and potential dangers.

On the road:

  • Check the roads: Before you leave get the latest Wisconsin road conditions at www.511wi.gov or call 511.
  • Feel the roads: When you first start out, accelerate carefully to test wheel spin and brake gently to test skidding.
  • Be gentle: Use the accelerator and brakes slowly to maintain control of your vehicle. Fast acceleration can make wheels spin on ice and snow. Stepping too hard on the break with lock them and cause loss of steering control.
  • See and be seen: Clear frost and snow off all windows, mirrors, lights and reflectors. Make sure you car has good wiper blades and an ample supply of windshild washer fluid. Using your headlights is also a good way to be seen especially in poor visibility conditions.
  • Increase your following distance: Ice and snow can multiply your stopping distance up to 10 times.
  • Make turns slowly and gradually: Heavily traveled intersections become “polished” and slick. Break before you come to a curve and not while you are in it.
  • Turn in the direction of the skid: If the rear of your car begins to slide, turn into the direction of the skid. Expect a second skid as the vehicle straightens out.
  • Scattered slippery areas: Icy spots on the road surface can cause loss of steering control. Don’t use your break. Take your foot off the gas and steer as straight at you can until your car slows to a safe speed.
  • Avoid a crash: In an emergency situation you may need to steer your car off the road and into a ditch or snow bank. You may get stuck but you’ll avoid a crash.
  • Wear your seatbelt and make sure kids are properly secured.
  • Keep gas in the tank: Have at least ˝ tank of gas in your car in case you are stranded or stuck.
  • Have a winter emergency kit: Keep a kit in your vehicle with candles and matches, a flashlight, pocket knife, snacks, a cell phone adapter, a blanket and extra clothing. For a complete list go to http://readywisconsin.wi.gov

In the air:

  • Remember your I.D.: Including a U.S. State-issued drivers license, U.S. Passport, U.S. Military I.D.
  • Carry on liquids: All liquid, aerosol and gel items must be in a 3.4 oz or smaller container inside a sealed 1 quart, clear plastic, zip top bag (one per passenger).
  • Carry on exceptions: Medications, baby formula, baby food, breast milk and other medically necessary liquid items are allowed. Declare these items to security screening officer. If you have hidden medical implants and devices such as a pacemaker or defibrillator, please notify a security officer.
  • Pack Smart: Pack using layers (a layer of clothing, then a layer of electronic items, then a layer of closes, etc). Put coats and jackets in checked bags if possible. Pack your laptop so you can easily remove it for separate screening. Don’t wrap gifts.
  • Dress Smart: Avoiding these items will get you through the security checkpoint faster… keys, loose change. mobile electronic devices, heavy jewlry, clothing with metal buttons or snaps, metal hair barrettes, belt buckles, under-wire bras. Wear shoes you can quickly remove for x-ray machine inspection.
  • Traveling with Kids: If your child can walk without your assistance, you and your child should walk through the metal detector sepearately. If you are carrying your child through the metal detector and the alarm sounds, a security officer will have to additionally screen both you and your child.

Thanksgiving Day Fire Danger
Each year more than 4,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving Day.

  • Keep potholders and food wrappers at least three feet away from heat sources while cooking.
  • Wear tight fitting clothing with shorter sleeves when cooking.
  • Make sure all stoves, ovens and ranges are turned off when you leave the kitchen.
  • Set timers to keep track of turkeys and other food items that require extended cooking times.
  • Turn handles of pots and pans on the stove inward to avoid accidents.
  • Follow all manufacturer guidelines regarding the appropriate use of appliances including turkey fryers.
  • After guests leave, designate a responsible adult to walk around the home making sure that all candles and smoking materials are extinguished.

Accidents Happen, Be Ready

  • Cooking related burns are common at Thanksgiving. Save the butter for the rolls and not a burn. For superficial burns, cool the area by running cold water on the burn until the heat eases. Then loosely cover the burn with a sterile dressing.
  • If you are choking don’t leave the room. Stay where others can see you and help if your airway is blocked.
  • If someone else is choking, ask the person if they can breathe or they need help. If the person can’t cough, speak or breathe, have someone call 9-1-1. Lean the person forward and give them FIVE sharp back blows with the heel of your hand. If the person is still choking, give them FIVE quick upward abdominal thrusts.

Keep these tips in mind and have a happy and safe holiday!

ReadyWisconsin is an initiative of Wisconsin Emergency Management designed to educate and empower Wisconsinites to prepare for
and respond to all kinds of emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

Wisconsin Emergency Management
2400 Wright St.
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: 608.242.3000     Fax: 608.242.3247