Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

by Anita Setnor Byer, Founder - sci-Shot12/5/2014
gifts for the holidays

The Holiday Season is here, and with it, comes great expectations.  Expressions of good-will,  love and support for family and friends will dominate our thoughts and actions.  So, to make certain that we enjoy the Holidays as we expect to, without incident, let’s all remember some basics about staying safe.  

Shopping: Stores will be crowded and distractions abundant, So, remember the following before venturing out:

  • When shopping with a young child, consider submitting a picture or video of your child to any number of the Public Safety and Security Apps that provide a free resource to record your child’s look and dress prior to heading out. These Apps are used by subscribed law enforcement and mall security professionals to quickly access and distribute news about your child to a number of sources.  

  • Keep your purse in front of you and make sure that all pockets are zipped or snapped.  Keep your wallet securely in your front pocket to avoid pickpockets.
  • Avoid areas of parking lots that are dark or empty, especially when traveling alone. Have your keys in hand at all times, and always be aware of your surroundings.
  • If carrying any load, including a child, try to get into the car immediately, locking all doors before positioning bags and car seats.  

Decorating: A few simple tips can help avoid a holiday mishap.

  • Never light  candles near trees, curtains, or other flammable items.
  • Make sure to place your tree away from fireplaces, heaters, or any heat-generating appliances.
  • Turn off all lights when you go to sleep or leave the house and unplug extension cords when they are not in use.

Driving: Your everyday drive can turn into a daunting task during the Holiday season. The winter weather and crowded roads can be a recipe for disaster, but you can keep safe by following a few simple steps.

  • Make sure your vehicle is operating properly. Check lights, oil, tire pressure, condition of the battery and anything else you feel may restrict you from driving properly in inclement weather.
  • Plan your route in advance and have a GPS ready for a backup plan. More accidents are prone to happen during this time of the year, so be prepared for a detour route.
  • Stay alert! Drowsy and distracted driving can result in devastating crashes. Always keep your eyes on the road, and if you get a text... it can wait! If you need to respond immediately, pull over to the side of the road first.


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