May your holidays be merry, bright and safe!

Staying safe: a leading cause of holiday-season smiles.

Staying safe: a leading cause of holiday-season smiles.

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays nearly upon us, the roads and airports will soon be filled with travelers making their way to loved ones. During this time, it’s important to not let safety take a back seat.

Here are some tips from the American Red Cross website to help you travel safely over the holidays:

When driving –

  • Check the weather along your route and plan for travel around any storms that may be coming.
  • Buckle up, slow down, don’t drive impaired.
  • Be well rested and alert.
  • Follow the rules of the road.
  • Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
  • Observe speed limits – driving too fast or too slow can increase your chance of being in a collision.
  • Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers. If you’re too tired to drive, stop and get some rest.
  • Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.
  • Clean your headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows to help you see, especially at night.
  • Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or if you are using your windshield wipers due to inclement weather.
  • If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible.

When traveling by plane or train –

  • Remember that it’s flu season. If you’ve been sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick, consider postponing your trip. You could be contagious for a week before symptoms appear.
  • Remember that everything you touch must be touched by someone else – luggage handlers, etc. Handle your own belongings as much as possible. Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Carry hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes with you. You can use them to wash your hands or wipe down surfaces such as armrests.
  • Bring your own pillows and blankets – they can act as a shield against the seat itself.
  • Avoid touching your face or eyes. If you have to cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and never leave your baggage unattended.

Safety is TECO’s number one value, and for our team members, that extends outside the workplace. But this is good guidance for everyone. Please stop and think about how you can travel safely, before you go to your destination.

May your holidays be merry, bright and safe!

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