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Dec 18
Holiday Safety Tips

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This is the time of year when many of us are rushing around – shopping, attending parties and concerts, decorating homes and traveling.

It's also prime time for thieves as they watch us fumble in our handbags for our wallet or stand in line at an ATM machine. During this holiday season, be aware of your surroundings. Don't walk in the parking lot with your eyes glued to your cell phone screen.

Other safety tips:

  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry when shopping.
  • Don't carry a lot of cash.
  • Ditch the large handbag and consider a travel security pouch with needed cash or the credit card you plan to use.
  • Don't overload yourself with packages. Make sure you can see clearly and can move quickly if approached.
  • When riding the bus or train and you're carrying packages, don't set them down and get on your phone. Hold your bags.  

If you're planning a long road trip, it's important to get your car and tires inspected. Keep in mind these road-worthy tips:

  • Keep valuables in the trunk or covered storage area in your vehicle.
  • Remind your kids not to talk to strangers. Accompany them to the restrooms. Give them whistles to use if they become separated from you.
  • Keep a cell phone charger with you.
  • Avoid distractions while driving, especially since the parking lots and roads are busier than usual this time of year.
  • Everyone needs to be buckled – every time, every ride. Youngsters need to be securely in a car seat or booster seat.
  • Secure large, loose objects (wrapped gifts) or hot foods so they don't become flying objects if an accident occurs. 


 

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