Holiday Safety Tips

December 22nd, 2009

holiday safety tipsThe holiday season is in full swing! December is one of the busiest months of the year – with extra shopping, decorating and socializing – so it’s a good time to take a moment and focus on holiday safety.

Holiday Shopping
Gift giving is fun and rewarding, but holiday shopping can hold several hazards. Here are a few tips to help give you a safer experience:
•    Take a friend with you – there is always safety in numbers
•    Never leave valuables where they can be seen in your car
•    Keep your keys in your hand when walking to your vehicle; get in quickly and lock the doors right away
•    When shopping online, only give your credit card information to reputable sources
•    Before you make a purchase from an individual, run a background report on the seller
•    Don’t leave empty boxes outside of your house – they can show criminals what you have waiting inside

Decorations
Holiday decorations can brighten any home of office, but every year hundreds of homes are accidentally set on fire. Follow a few simple precautions to help avoid disaster:
•    Unplug your holiday lights at night, or when they will be unattended for a long period of time
•    If you have a tree, keep it well watered to make it more fire-resistant
•    Candles make beautiful decorations, but they should never be placed near flammable objects or in areas where they may be easily knocked over
•    Keep working smoke detectors in your home, and don’t forget fresh batteries

Socializing
December is packed with social occasions: parties, work events, outings with friends. Before you go out, take a moment to think about safety:
•    Never let your beverage out of your sight; it only takes a moment for someone to slip something in a drink
•    Meet someone new while you were out? Learn more about them before accepting a holiday date by running a Stud Or Dud report
•    Plan ahead to have a safe trip home; never drink and drive

Got your own holiday safety tips? Leave us a comment and share your ideas on how to keep safe and secure during this special time of year. Enjoy the rest of the holiday season, and thank you for reading the PeopleFinders People Search blog.

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