Holiday Safety Tips

Season’s Greetings

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday

Practice These Holiday Safety Tips

At Home

  • Don’t display holiday gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway. Store gifts before you go away on a holiday trip.
  • If you go out for the evening, turn on lights, radio, or television so the house or apartment appears to be occupied.
  • Be wary of strangers soliciting for charitable donations. They may attempt to take advantage of people’s generosity during the holidays. Ask for identification, how donated funds are used, if contributions are tax deductible, etc. If you aren’t satisfied with the answers, don’t contribute.
  • Use only fire resistant ornaments on a holiday tree, and make sure that the Christmas tree lights are in good working order. Don’t leave the lights on overnight or when you are away from home.
  • If you have house guests, advise them of your security precautions and make sure they follow them.

Shopping

  • Shop before dark if possible. Possibly coordinate shopping trips with a friend. Never park in an unlit area or parking lot, no matter how convenient it is.
  • Lock your packages and gifts in your vehicle’s trunk. Keep your vehicle’s doors locked and windows closed.
  • Don’t overburden yourself with packages. Have your key in your hand when walking to your vehicle. Consider carrying your purse under your coat.
  • If possible, carry a cellular telephone at all times in case of an emergency.

Holiday Party Safety

  • Have non-alcoholic beverages available for the party guests.
  • Serve something to eat before serving alcoholic beverages. High protein foods stay in the stomach longer and slow absorption of alcohol into the system.
  • Have alternative transportation available for intoxicated persons. Don’t let guests drink and drive.