Holiday Safety Tips

Author: PeopleFinders on December 17th, 2018
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The holiday season is in full swing! December is one of the busiest months of the year–with extra shopping, decorating and socializing. With everything on your mind, however, the one thing you shouldn’t overlook is your safety. While you don’t want to take the joy out of things, you should still try and take a moment to focus on safety when doing your favorite holiday activities.

Holiday Shopping

Gift giving can be fun and rewarding, but holiday shopping can present you with several hazards. Here are a few tips to help you have a safer experience:

  • When heading out to shop at brick-and-mortar stores, bring 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 people search on the seller.
  • Have a plan in place for any deliveries left at your front door. Have your packages sent to nearby shipping lockers instead, or get your own patio safe to keep porch pirates at bay.

Decorations

Holiday decorations can brighten any home or 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
  • Get rid of your old school (and very hot) incandescent bulbs, and switch over to cool and energy efficient LED twinkle lights. (If you’re really stuck on the nostalgic look, you can get the big bulb look with LEDs.)
  • 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.
  • Met someone new while you were out? Learn more about them before accepting a holiday date by running a criminal records report first.
  • Plan ahead to have a safe trip home; never drink and drive. Rideshare or taxi services are designed to keep you safer, and you don’t have to worry about finding parking!

By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be sure to be safe and secure during this special time of year. Enjoy the rest of the holiday season, and thank you for reading the PeopleFinders blog.

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