Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Practice Safety First When Traveling for the Holidays

Many people have begun or will begin traveling to different cities, states and sometimes countries, to spend time with their loved ones this holiday season. While it is the most wonderful time of year, it is almost an important time of year to practice safety first!

Here are some quick tips on keeping you and your family safe as you travel.

Traveling Away From the Home
  • Make sure all your doors and windows are locked in the home before leaving.
  • If you have an alarm, make sure to turn it on while you are out of town.
  • Have a neighbor or family member watch your house, pick up your mail and even park in your driveway periodically, if possible.
  • Leave a radio or television on so the house sounds occupied.
  • Make sure expensive items or gifts in your home are not visible through windows or doors.
  • If you have a Christmas tree, make sure it is placed in water or wet sand to keep it fresh.

On the Road
  • Keep all doors locked and windows closed when you are away from your vehicle. This will help prevent thieves from easy access to your valuables.
  • Never leave your car unoccupied while it is running. (And as a reminder, don’t leave children unattended in the car either for their safety too)
  • When leaving your vehicle, make sure all valuables are out of sight. If you have to leave something in your car, put it in the trunk.
  • Always remember to wear your seatbelt and practice cautious driving, especially if road conditions are bad.
  • Never drink and drive.
  • If you are involved in an accident, please do not hesitate to contact 9-1-1 for help.

Whatever your plans may be for the holidays, we hope everyone enjoys time with loved ones. Remember: practice safety first and we will see you all again next year in 2015! 


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