Holiday Safety Tips

With all the traveling, shopping, and partying surrounding the holidays, it can be easy to get distracted and forget about our safety and security. Knowing how to take the right precautions should be top priority. Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or the new year, you need to be aware of the safety issues that may arise during these holidays.

1. Travelers

Going Out Of Town?

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Thieves prefer to strike when no one is looking so do not make their job easier. It is important that you and your family suppress the urge to post your whereabouts and travel times online. Talk to your children about this. Here are some ways to protect your assets while you are out of town:

  • Activate your alarm system and your cameras
  • Ask a trustworthy neighbor to keep an eye on your property
  • Have someone grab your mail while you’re on vacation
  • Keep your travel plans off social media

Driving?

Cars have the highest fatality rate of all the major forms of transportation. DUI represent about one-third of the total amount of these fatalities. Texting while driving is quickly catching up. Below are several tips that can help you stay safe:

  • Use a designated driver or a car service such as Uber and Lift.
  • Buckle up during the ride
  • Do not text and drive
  • Refrain from drinking and driving
  • Maintain your vehicle and keep an emergency kit

2. Decorators

Decorating can become a fire hazard if not properly attended. Before you string lights onto your property, make sure you:

house decoration

  • Inspect the wires, and look out for cracked bulbs
  • Don’t use indoor lights outside and vice versa.
  • Don’t leave candles unattended
  • Check smoke alarms
  • Unplug your Christmas tree during sleeping hours

3. Shoppers

Shopping is an activity that can leave customers hanging high and dry. November and December is the peak season for criminals. That is when pick-pockets, identity thieves and cyber crooks make most of their money.

holiday shopping

Follow the safety guidelines listed below when you are out shopping:

  • Keep all your receipts when shopping
  • Keep your wallet and cellphone in your front pocket
  • Keep all your important documents in a safe and secure location
  • Think twice before giving your credit card number over the phone
  • Use secure and reputable networks, apps and websites when surfing the net.

There’s a lot of excitement, and celebration during this time of the year. It is our responsibility to be aware of our surroundings and to always keep safety and precaution on the front of our minds.

The Law Office Of Shannon J Sagan would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday.

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Mr. Sagan is a solo practitioner at Shannon J. Sagan, PA.His primary practice area is personal injury.His entire career has been dedicated to representing the injured and not insurance companies.Mr. Sagan received his B.A. in Legal studies at the University of Central Florida and became a paralegal for a personal injury firm while attending law school.He received his Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in 2004. Mr. Sagan has been practicing law since 2005 and holds positions on various boards throughout Palm Beach County and nationally.
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