Safety and Security Through the Holiday Season
The holiday season is upon us. While the holidays offer countless memory-making activities, it is also a time when people can become careless and susceptible to the many dangers that are present this time of year.
Busy schedules and overcommitting during the holiday season can make people forget what is most important: their safety. Whether on the road or at home, here are some tips for keeping safe this holiday season.
Avoid driving alone or at night. Remember to always keep your doors locked and windows closed when you leave your car. You should always try and park in a well-lit area and never leave your car with the motor running or with children inside. Also, you should never leave packages or valuables in sight. When returning to your vehicle, keep a tight hand on your purse or bags. If you ever feel uncomfortable returning to your car alone, stop and ask for assistance from a store employee. Most importantly, never drink and drive.
You should always try and shop during the day. If you need to shop at night, go with someone and always park in a well-lit area. You should also dress casual, comfortable and avoid wearing expensive jewelry. Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, thieves will try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money and belongings.
If possible, when shopping, leave small children at home. If you must take your children out with you, teach them the importance of staying close to you. Teach children how to find help from mall security and to never talk to strangers.
Be sure all doors and windows are locked when leaving the house. If you plan on leaving your home for a long period of time, ask a neighbor or friend to look after your house and pick up your mail. Try leaving a small light on in the house and never have presents or valuables visible through the windows or doors. Be aware that criminals sometimes can pose as couriers delivering gifts, so be cautious of strangers who come to your door.
Inspect holiday lights each season and throw away any that seem frayed, cracked or that have a loose connection. Remember to turn off your holiday lights when either leaving the house or going to bed. If you are buying a live tree, try to purchase a freshly cut tree as they are more resistant to catching on fire. Make sure to water your tree regularly and keep open candles or flames far away.
No matter where you might be this holiday season, you should always be alert and aware of your surroundings. Take the time to slow down and enjoy the holiday season while protecting yourself and loved ones. Wishing you a great holiday season from all of us at Berger and Green.