Here are 15 HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS
that will help you relax and enjoy the festivities.
When you’re out shopping with kids:
1.Teach them to stay close at all times, and agree on a rendezvous site if you become separated.
2. Make sure younger children know their full name, address and phone number, and who they can safely ask for help if they lose sight of you.
3. Don’t allow kids to go to a public restroom without an adult.
4. Make sure children know to always tell you if a stranger is bothering them in any way.
When you’re shopping online:
5. Make sure your web browser is secure. The Department of Homeland Security offers clear, detailed instructions about how to configure your browser for maximum security.
6. Never enter sensitive or financial information on websites unless you know they’re secure.
7. Use passwords that are easy for you to remember but hard for someone else to guess. Mix together upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols, using things only you know and can easily remember (“Cindy will be three next July” can become: Cwb3in7/15!).
8. Update software promptly (updates often include security features).
When you’re decorating your home:
9. The Tree — Hang breakable tree ornaments out of kids’ reach; keep the tree well watered; and check any lights you hang for exposed or frayed wires and loose connections.
10. Candles — Keep holiday candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn, and don’t forget to blow them out when you leave the room and before you go to sleep.
11. Plants — Some holiday plants are dangerous to children and/or pets. Here’s a quick look at some of the most common:
To reach your local poison center, anywhere in the country, call 1-800-222-1222.
If you’re traveling by car over the holidays
12. Always park in a well-lit area, and avoid parking next to vehicles with tinted windows.
13. Park as close as you can to your destination and take note of where you parked.
14. Do not leave packages or valuables where they can be seen in your car.
15. Be sure to locate your keys prior to returning to your car, and don’t approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.