Off Topic-Holiday Safety Tips

Just Joyce
By Just Joyce Latest Reply 2012-12-11 14:36:05 -0600
Started 2012-12-10 19:05:31 -0600

It is the time of year when people will be out holiday shopping. Each year at our last community meeting before the holiday break we give out safety tips. Here are some of them.

1. Do not leave purchases visible in your car.
2. If you are at the mall and take packages to your car and wish to continue shopping. Put packages in your trunk. Drive to another section of the mall. The person who may be watching you may think you have left.
3. Use ATM machines in well lit places and do not stand there and count your cash.
4. Take note of where you park your car. Have your keys in your hand. Do not fish around in pockets or purses looking for your keys at your car or at your front door. Leave a light on in the house and garage. If something looks suspicious do not enter and call 911.
5. Pay attention to your surroundings no matter where you are.
6. The big flat screen tv, computer, home theater system etc…came in a box. Break them down and put them in garbage bags for trash collection. That big box might impress your neighbors but someone driving through your community may be a burglar looking for a target.
7. Guard your credit/debit cards. Instead of signing your name on the back of your card, sign it ASK FOR ID. This way if your card is stolen, someone could find and attempt to use it before you miss it. A cashier will turn it to see if it is signed. When she sees this she will ask for ID. The person using your card will not have that.
8. Candles are a holiday favorite. Do not light them and leave them where kids, company or your pet can knock them over and never leave them burning unattended if possible.
9. Live trees need a lot of water to keep them from drying out.
10. Fried Turkey is the rage. Do not put the fryer on your deck, in your garage, in the house, in the driveway next to the car. Put them in the middle of the yard and keep a fire extinguisher near by. If on grass, wet the grass around the fryer. Hot grease can ignite dry grass.

More importantly, Have a Happy Holiday

6 replies

watson4042 2012-12-11 12:35:35 -0600 Report

your safety tips really apply all year long and not just for the holidays. regarding candles i've switched over to the led candles, you can't tell the difference except for the smell of a scented candle. so i light 1 candle for scent and use the led candles for extra glow in other places. happy holidays. :)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-12-11 14:36:05 -0600 Report

Yes watson they do. However, when the holidays roll around people really are not paying attention to details. When I do use candles, which is rare, I buy the big jar candles and put them where I know they will not fall over. I have seen some really pretty LED candles in beautiful candlesticks. Happy Holiday to you too.

Caroltoo 2012-12-11 00:26:46 -0600 Report

Particularly like #6 … I'm just not suspicious enough to think of that one!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-12-11 14:33:08 -0600 Report

Carol a lot of people live with the "that won't happen to me" theory or "I live in a safe neighborhood". Non of which is true. You never know when something will happen to you however being prepared helps. Not all crimes that occur in a neighborhood are visible. Your neighbor could be a drug addict, sharing child pornography, a burglar and you would not know this until he was arrested. You also have neighbors who are drug addicts an would not know it. Believe it or not most drug distributors live in the more affluent neighborhoods.

When you sit that flat screen box on the curb, people will see it, including the trash collectors. You don't know who people know or what they will or will not do. You neighbor across the street could say to someone, I see the Johnson's bought a brand new tv. The person they say it to may know you from visiting your neighbor. They have your address and could tell someone else about your tv. You come home from work or vacation only to find your tv is now something you use to have.

Everything I buy that comes in a box, I take a box cutter and cut it up, put it in a green garbage bag and toss it. There have been times, if the item fits in a garbage bag, I put it in one and take it into the house. Never advertise.