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Ten safety tips for the holidays you should know

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Safety tips for the holidays

The holiday season is a special time of the year and is a time when people are at risk of robbery and other criminal cases.  The following Safety Tips for the holidays are compiled to contribute to public safety and security during the holidays.

The safety tips for the holidays are:
  1. Driving
  • Avoid getting drunk at night but if you must be with someone.
  • Always make sure to keep your doors and windows closed
  • If you have to shop at night, park in a well-lit area.
  • Never leave your car unattended when the car is running or children inside.
  • Do not leave parcels in the seat of your car as this could create temptation to steal. If you have to leave things in your car, lock them in your trunk.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, when approaching or leaving your vehicle.
  • Do not go to your car alone when you notice suspicious people.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or distractions.
  • Make sure everyone is in the car use their seatbelt, always use child-lock for young children.
  • If possible, leave during the day. Leave early, plan ahead.
  • Keep a crash kit; spare tires, fuses, flashlights and keep a first-aid with you.
  1. Automatic Speech Machine (ATM)
  • If you want to use an ATM, use the one in a well-lit area or located inside the police station and always withdraw the money you need.
  • Always protect your pin by protecting the ATM keypad from anyone standing next to you.
  • Do not discard your ATM receipt where you use the ATM machine.
  1. Shopping
  • Always shop during the day if possible. If you have to shop at night do it with a family member or friend.
  • Dress casually and comfortably.
  • Stay alert at all times.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of money.
  • Pay with check or credit card when shopping, if possible.
  • Be careful if you have a purse or wallet. They are the most frequently targeted criminals in crowded shopping malls, bus stops and other public transportation.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you, at this time of year, “con-artists” can try various ways to distract you with the intention of taking your money or your belongings.
  1. Children
  • Take care of your children. Kids get excited, especially when it comes to a new place, new people, or a new experience.
  • If you are traveling or visiting as a guest, you should be aware of potentially dangerous foods, beverages, household items, toys, tools, constipation risks. If possible, leave young children at home with a trusted family member or babysitter.
  • Teach your child to go to the store clerk and ask for help should your child be separated from you.
  • Always keep your children close, never leave them out of your sight.
  • Never allow children to make unaccompanied trips to the toilet.
  • Children should never be left alone in a car.
  • Always teach your children their full names, address and telephone number to give to the police or security at the mall and also to let them inform you immediately if something or someone is bothering them.
  1. At home
  • Always lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house.
  • If you are away from home for a long time, always have a neighbor or family member to watch your house for you and to pick up your newspapers and mail.
  • Make indoor and outdoor lights to always be on an automatic timer.
  • Do not put large displays of holiday gifts visible through the windows and doors of your home.
  1. Strangers at Your Door
  • Be aware that criminals sometimes pretend to be couriers.
  • Do not allow strangers or invite them into your home.
  • It is not uncommon for criminals to take advantage of the holiday season by soliciting donations from house to house for charitable purposes, ask them who they are, make inquiries about the organizations they represent, find out how the money will be used. If you are not satisfied, do not donate or give your account details.
  1. Hosting a Party
  • Have non-alcoholic drinks available for party guests.
  • Find an alternative transport for drunk guests
  • Arrange for a driver to take your drunken guests’ home or those who can’t drive.
  1. Watch Out for Fire-Starters
  • Candles and Fireplaces
  • Place candles out of reach of children and where they cannot be easily knocked down.
  • Use flameless, rather than lighted, candles near flammable objects.
  • Don’t wrap papers or burn in the fireplace.
  • Use a screen on the fireplace at all times when a fire is burning.
  • Never leave candles or fireplaces burning unattended or when you are asleep.
  • Always check and clean the chimney and fireplace area regularly.
  1. Decorate Safely

Decorating is one of the best ways to get holiday feelings because the emergency rooms see thousands of injuries involving holiday decorating every season.

When decorating follow these tips:
  • If you are using an artificial tree, use a non-flammable one
  • If using a live tree, place it at least 3 feet away from any form of heat source such as fireplaces.
  • Avoid placing breakable ornaments or detachable things on parts of the tree where small children can reach them
  • Ensure your holiday lights are not damaged, loose, or frayed and never use damaged accessories or lightings to avoid fire.
  • Do not block exits with materials
  • Always follow the package instructions when decorations
  • Always keep plugs off the ground when wiring for decorations.
  • Do not leave lights and decorations on when you go to bed or leave the house, always turn them off.
  • Make sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base to prevent it falling Place your Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it green.
  1. Hearty and harmless holiday food
  • Wash your hands
  • You come into contact with plenty of people and things. Always make it a habit of washing your hands regularly.
  • Cook at a proper temperature.
  • Thoroughly wash raw food (fruits and vegetables) before putting eating to prevent germs.
  • Refrigerate leftovers promptly. Don’t leave perishable food out for more than a couple of hours.
  • Eat lots of fruit and vegetables, and limit your intake of sugary foods and alcohol and fats.
Enjoy a Safe Holiday Season

When families gather, parties are scheduled its best to follow this laid out safety tips for the holidays to ensure your family is safe and injury-free throughout the holiday season.

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