Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Safety During the Holidays--Travel

Tips for Tuesday

The holidays are fast approaching. Along with them are the stresses for preparations. Part of the holiday tradition is traveling to see family and friends, whether it's a across the street, or across the country.

While these are fun times, there are some hazards associated with traveling. Take cautions so you aren't a victim.

• Never discuss your plans with strangers, or with friends and family in front of strangers. This includes posting on social media sites such as Facebook. You are merely announcing that your home will be empty for an extended period of time.
• Ask a friend or family member to check on your home while you are gone. Also notify your local police department so they know the house will (or should be) vacant for a while.
• Cancel newspaper and mail delivery so the papers don't pile up on the porch or driveway--a sure sign you are away.
• Don't leave wrapped packages in plain sight of the windows.
• Don't leave empty boxes and garbage out for days if you won't be home for the regular pick-up. Ask a neighbor to take out the trash for you.
• Be sure the doors and windows are locked when you l;eave your home, even if it's only for a few minutes.
• Set lights on automatic timers (inside and outside) so you never leave your home in the dark. This is important now that the days are shorter.
• If you are traveling for a number of days, put a radio or television on a timer so it looks like someone is home.

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