TEMPLE (December 10, 2013) Doctors and public safety officials offered some holiday safety tips Wednesday.
Doctors at Scott & White Hospital in Temple said they usually see an increase in accident-related injuries this time of year.
Those accidents can happen on slick, icy roads or at home while cooking a holiday dinner, officials say.
Officials reminded residents to check smoke detector batteries and make sure homes are cleared of hazards if toddlers will be present during family gatherings.
"Make certain that you maintain a three foot distance from anything which can burn so if you have a fireplace or space heater make sure you keep that at least three feet away," Temple Fire & Rescue spokesman Thomas Pechal said.
School schedules can be different this time of year meaning school buses will be on the roads at different times than normal.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Harpin Myers said authorities will be on the lookout for people who pass the buses, speeders, and drunk drivers during the holidays.