This is the 2nd part of my attempting to help you stay safe during the holidays. To fully be safe would take an entire book. But in the mean-time, here are the last 6 tips for this Christmas.
Check your rear view mirror frequently. Again, this may seem a tad bit weird and unusual during the holiday season, but the reasoning is just as simple as the other tips. Have a car load of gifts may not assault or rob you in the mall parking lot. They’ll follow you home and take what they want when you’re most vulnerable – in the driveway or garage unloading those special packages.
If you’ve spent a hard day or night, shopping and you have your shopping done, what’s the worst that can happen? Especially if you’re on a limited budget. All of those gifts that you shopped for, budgeted for, coveted, and thought is perfect for the receiver will be stolen. That means that your entire season will be broken and you miss the joy of giving to your closest loved ones!
Some criminals, knowing that you
Always check for frayed cords on your lights or other appliances and never put them under rugs. This may seem a bit obvious to everyone, but it really isn’t. Christmas time is when most house fires will occur. And because of this you have to be even more careful when plugging in those beautiful lights on that glorious tree to celebrate the season.
Fire hazards will happen if a cord is the least bit frayed and placed under a rug to prevent people from tripping on it. Inspect the cords and plugs carefully before utilizing them to decorate. If they are the least bit frayed, then use them away from other flammable items i.e. drapes, rugs, furniture, and etc. However, having said that like a proud Scotsman, you should really throw it away and buy another cord and/or set of lights.
Going along with this is ensuring that your outlets aren’t overloaded with all those pretty lights and other items. While the multiple outlets extensions say they’re safe…
Take care to ensure your tree is well watered and the lights are out. A Christmas tree can literally go up in flames within 30 seconds. It becomes a torch if ignited. So ensure that you use an artificial tree or that the tree you put up in the window is fresh and well watered every day to prevent it from drying out. And always turn out the lights when you go to bed or leave the house.
LOCK THE HOUSE INCLUDING THE BACK GATE & WINDOWS!
You may think this is a duh! Thing, but it isn’t. People have to be constantly reminded to lock their windows, doors, and to try and keep ner’do wells out of their homes. Because our minds are on other happier subjects, sometimes we forget to lock the house. And if a door, window, gate, or otherwise is left unlocked, then a criminal can…
Wrap those pretty packages and place them in a closet. Sound a little weird? Well it is. But you can imagine the surprise on a criminals face when they open them! Did you realize that it’s not unusual for a thief to break in thru the front window and take the packages from under the tree? Despite the racket it makes, criminals will do most anything to give gifts they didn’t work, shop or pay for!
Soooo, make it hard for them! If they do break in and steal your packages, then they’ll be sorely disappointed when they open them and find…nothing! And the person the present was intended will, hopefully, be greatly surprised, excited, & grateful!
I hope these 2 blogs have given you some tips that you may utilize and that hey help keep you safe and secure during the holidays. I sincerely hope that this upcoming holiday, whichever one you celebrate=rate, will be happy, joyous, and full of the heart-warming love that it deserves.
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