Holiday/Vacation Safety

 As the Holiday Season approaches, we need to keep in mind some tips about personal, home, and shopping safety. Listed below are some safety tips that we should all think about and try to follow.

Home Safety Tips:

  • Keep lights on while you are away at night. Use timers on lights if you are going to be gone overnight.

  • Do not stop your mail or paper, have a neighbor pick it up for you while you are away.

  • Install motion sensor floodlights around the outside of your house.

  • Install a motion sensor floodlight outside of your garage or in your carport, so that it will turn on as you drive in your driveway.

  • Do not open your door for anyone unless you know who it is.

  • Do not open your door for a solicitor or let a solicitor inside your home.

  • Do not enter your home if it appears that someone has either tried to break in to or has broken in to your home. Call the police immediately and let them check your house.

  • If you have an alarm system, turn it on when you leave home and use it at night.

  • Do not put Christmas presents in front of or near windows.

Personal and Shopping Safety Tips:

  • Pay attention to your surroundings as you come and go from home, work, and stores.

  • Do not stop and talk to strangers in parking lots, while you are out shopping.

  • If someone stops you in a parking lot, while you are out shopping, and states that they need help, tell them you will call the police or mall security for them. Do not get out to help them.

  • Keep any items that you purchase in the trunk, as you go from location to location.

  • Keep up with your purse, wallet, credit cards, and keys while you are out shopping. Have your keys in hand when approaching your car.

  • Carry an extra key to your car in your pocket while you are out shopping.

  • Always let a family member know where you are going and when to expect you home.

  • If you have a cell phone, keep the battery charged and carry the phone with you while you are out.

  • Always make sure that your car has enough gas for you to get where you need to go.

  • If you do not feel safe about walking out from a store by yourself, ask if security or a manager could walk out with you.

  • Try to always park in the same general area when you go to the mall. This will help you to remember where you parked.

At Least One Day Before You Leave

  1. Arrange with a neighbor to pick up and hold your mail and newspapers so they don't pile up. If this is not possible, notify your news-carrier and the post office to discontinue these deliveries.

  2. Make arrangements to have grass cut and watered while you are gone. Have someone check daily to remove throwaway papers and circulars from your doorway and yard.

  3. If you have valuables in the house, take them to your bank for storage in a safe deposit vault. Deposit extra cash in your bank account.

  4. Notify your Sheriff's Office or local Police station about your departure and return dates and give a name and a telephone  number of a neighbor or a relative to notify in case of a burglary, fire, or other emergency.

  5. Make sure any broken windows, door locks or window locks are repaired.

  6. Arrange with a neighbor or relative to watch your house and give them a key. Let them know where and how you can be  reached in an emergency. Write their telephone number down so you can check with them during your trip. Give them your car description and license number.

  7. Move all ladders, tools, lawn implements, garbage cans and yard furniture to your garage, basement or storage shed.

On The Day You Leave

  1. Unplug all electrical appliances such as radios, television sets, irons, washers, and fans to prevent possible damage from electrical storms.

  2. Set you thermostat so that your furnace or air conditioner will maintain a reasonable temperature - 80 degrees Fahrenheit in  the summer and 55 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. In winter, make sure outside water taps are drained to prevent freezing.

  3. Close your fireplace flue to prevent birds or animals from entering.

  4. Make sure all gas appliances are in good working order and that all pilot lights are working.

  5. Turn off water to automatic washer to prevent possible damage from a broken hose.

  6. Turn down the volume control on your telephone and answering machine so that they cannot be heard from outside.

  7. Close and lock all windows and sliding doors. Make sure that a "Charlie Bar" is secure on sliding doors, and that all screens or storm windows are locked or fastened.

  8. Put window shades in normal daytime position, and make sure that all main floor drapes, shades and curtains are arranged so that neighbors and police can see into your house.

  9. If you are leaving a car or other vehicle in your driveway, make sure it is locked.

  10. Set your electrical timer to turn some lights on and off during the evening hours.

  11. Lock your garage door.

  12. Make sure that the last person out locks the door. Take a walk around the house. Check the doors and windows.

  13. If you haven't already done so, leave your key with your neighbor or relative. Check to make sure you have their telephone number

 

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON


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