Holiday Season Safety and Security
By: Cecelia Scaler
During this time of year it is especially important to be more aware of our safety due to the increased danger. Holiday decorations, lights, plants, food and drink are all beautiful and common sights this time of year, but unfortunately also pose a risk to ourselves and our families.
Be sure your decorations are kept out of the reach of small children and pets. Small parts or tinsel can be a choking hazard to them. Cats especially enjoy playing with the tinsel! Candles can cause serious burns. Glass ornaments, if broken, can cause cuts.
Decorative lights are also a potential hazard to children and the family pet. Strangulation and electrocution are severe consequences of unsafe decorating and inattentiveness. Fires and burns are also unfortunate possibilities.
Many of our holiday plants present a danger to us if we are not careful. Poinsettias and holly berries are tempting to both small children and pets but the berries are highly toxic and the poinsettias, poisonous. Live trees become dry if not properly cared for and become a fire hazard.
Even our holiday food and drink can become a menace to our safety. Foods that are improperly prepared or improperly stored can cause food poisoning. Eggnog, for example, if not prepared with pasteurized eggs can cause salmonella; not a pleasant end to our holiday festivities! Alcoholic beverages, aside from the known risks to adults, can be poisonous to children who may accidentally ingest someones unattended beverage.
To prevent these unfortunate situations, we need to remain aware and be vigilant in our efforts to keep everyone safe this holiday season.
Holiday Season Security
Vigilance must also be maintained in our holiday security. There are those who would not think twice about taking everything we have. The criminal element love the holidays! They love them because we let our guard down and they know they can take advantage of that.
Home security depends on developing habits that become second nature for each member of your family. You dont need to make drastic changes, just remain aware and use common sense. Use timers on your lights to deter prowlers. The strongest dead-bolt lock wont protect your home if you leave home and dont engage it. And alarm systems are useless if you dont arm them even on a quick trip to the store.
Keep packages in the trunk of your car rather than in the passenger area. Items left out in the open are an invitation to a thief to break your car window and help himself. And, of course, lock your doors while driving and after you exit your vehicle.
Park in well lit parking areas only! When possible, walk to your vehicle with another person. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. If you see anything or anyone suspicious, turn around and go back the way you came. Contact security or the police as soon as you can safely do so.
Enjoy the Holiday Season but stay Safe & Secure
Cecelia Scaler, President of BC & D Ventures, Inc. located in Junction City, Kansas. Started TheSecurityPlacePlus.com website with my husband, Robert, to offer quality safety and security items to the public in a world where we can no longer take our safety for granted.
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