Holiday Safety Tips

The holiday season is one filled with excitement, enthusiasm, and a little bit of stress. With an increase in travel, parties to attend, and shopping galore, safety during the holidays is often overlooked. This season, keep your home and your family safe by taking some precautions.

As we count down the days in December, shopping malls extend their hours as a convenience to customers. At this time of year it becomes routine to run into a store at 10:00 P.M. to pick up a few gifts. Shoppers need to be aware of their surroundings all the time, but especially during these off-hours. Dark parking lots and hands filled with packages make you an easy target for an attack. Stick with a buddy and park in a well-lit area to minimize danger. When possible, shop during daylight hours.

When decorating your home, be aware of potential fire hazards, including your Christmas tree. Keep real trees in a water-holding stand so they don’t dry out quickly. If you choose an artificial tree, choose one that is fire resistant. Only use indoor lights and check for broken or cracked sockets and frayed wires. Avoid placing breakable tree ornaments on lower branches where children and small pets can reach them.

With an increase in candles used during the holiday season, there is a greater risk for fire. Never leave burning candles unattended and keep them safely out of reach from children. Before going to sleep, extinguish all candles.

During holiday travel, be prepared for heavy traffic and changing weather conditions. Make sure all passengers are properly buckled in and eliminate distractions like cell phones when possible.