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12/12/2012

Holiday Safety Tips

by: ESD Safety Coordinator Vivi Fissekidou (x5610)

as part of our 24/7 Safety Program, I'd like to remind you of  a few strategies that may help you enjoy the holidays without an incident:

Holiday Security  Tips

Burglars view the holiday season as a time of opportunity to burglarize your home or vehicle for cash, credit cards and gifts.  The following are a few strategies that will help you enjoy the holidays without incident:

While Shopping

  • If you have to carry a purse, carry it close to your body and always zipped.
  • Park strategically – close to the mall is optimum. Park in well-lit areas and never park right next to a van.
  • Avoid shopping when you are exhausted. You are more alert when you are less tired.
  • When hurried or in a crowded shop, make sure you get all forms of I.D. and your credit cards returned to you before leaving.
  • Check underneath your car as you approach it. This is a common hiding place of criminals in mall parking lots, as they attempt to take you or your property by surprise.

At Home

  • Be extra cautious about locking door and windows when you leave your house or apartment, even for a few minutes.
  • Keep gifts hidden from view through outside windows.
  • After opening gifts, break down cardboard boxes of expensive electronics and fancy stores. Put them in plastic bags to hide the fact you have new valuable items in your home.
  • Don’t advertise…burglars look for occupancy cues like piled up newspapers, mail or advertising flyers hanging on the door knob.
  • Use an inexpensive light timer when your away and ask a neighbor to pick up your newspapers and mail.
  • Don’t hide spare keys under rocks, in flowerpots, or above door ledges. Instead give the spare key to a trusted neighbor.
  • Burglars prefer to enter through unlocked doors or windows. A holiday problem can occur when exterior lights or extension cords are run inside through a window and prevent it from being secured.
  • Don’t leave descriptive telephone answering machine messages like “You’ve reached the Wilson’s….we’re away skiing for the Christmas holidays…please leave a message” Bad guys love to hear that they have plenty of time to break in and completely ransack your home.

Home Fire and Electrical Safety 

  • Home fires and electrocutions nearly doubles during December.
  • Nearly 130,000 home fires in December
  • 400 deaths from home fires, 1600 injuries
  • Christmas trees alone account for 2,000 fires and cause $41 million in damage.
  • During November and December of each year, about 10,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms as a result of falls, cuts, shocks and burns related to holiday decorating.

 These files contain fire and electrical safety tips for the holiday seasons: