Safety while You’re Shopping in Stores and Online
Unfortunately there are many people who are on Santa’s naughty list each year. And, while you’re looking for the perfect gift, they’re looking for the perfect opportunity. The National Crime Prevention council has some great strategies that can help you. Here are some of the highlights:
• Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.
• Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information.
• Before surfing the Internet, secure your personal computers by updating your security software. Everyone’s computer should have anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam software, as well as a good firewall installed. Visit www.bytecrime.org for free software downloads.
When the weather outside is frightful:
a. Snow shoveling/snow blowing: Many choose to get a snow blower because they don’t want to shovel, but there are hazards to both. Check this out:
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2012: more than 34,200 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms, doctors’ offices, clinics and other medical settings for injuries sustained while shoveling snow, and nearly 8,000 people were injured using snow blowers. Use these accident prevention tips to reduce your risk.
b. A Winter Survival Kit for Your Car:
You never plan on getting stranded, but if an unexpected Polar Vortex blows your way, you can be prepared. Make sure these items are in your survival kit and that you always have an alternate route in mind.
c. Snow on your roof.
Ever wonder as you’re knee deep shoveling or snowblowing, how much snow is too much snow for your roof? We’ve got you covered.
For young children and pets-
Plants: Mistletoe and Holly are beautiful but also toxic. Pointsettas often make the list as well, but truth be told they aren’t as dangerous as the other two. Warning signs of possible plant poisoning include rashes, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Alcohol: Many cocktails are colorful and pleasing to the eye and some even include ice cream and/or whipped cream. It’s not uncommon to misplace your drink as a young child and grab the one you think is yours. Have kids decorate with different stickers or markers to avoid a mix up.
Ornaments: They look beautiful and unfortunately also tasty! Many a pediatrician will tell you the story of a young child who bit into an ornament they couldn’t resist. It only takes a second. Even if you don’t have young children or pets, but know some that are coming to visit, consider kid and pet friendly ornaments for the bottom branches.
Ribbons and tinsel and bows oh my! Again, eye catching and yet oh, so hazardous, not only to your kids but to your pets as well. Be on the watch for plastic parts that secure the toy to the box and for packing peanuts that can be mistaken for a treat.
O Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree
Your branches really are so lovely, in the beginning, but then they dry out and become a fire hazard. It’s important to keep your tree fresh and nourished. And, while we’re at it, well secured in the stand.
It really is the most wonderful time of year and there’s plenty of goodwill towards all men, it’s just a good idea to be mindful and have a safety plan. If you would like more information on how to keep safe this holiday season, or if making a move is at the top of your wish list, contact us today! We are ready to assist!