There is a standard list of things to either check or else follow as far as safety over the holiday season is concerned.
ELECTRICAL SAFETY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), the premier non-profit organization, dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety at home and in the workplace offers some safety tips:
Inspect your electrical decorations for damage before using.
Don’t overload electrical outlets.
Never connect more than three strings of incandescent lights.
Keep tree fresh by watering daily
Use battery-operated candles
Keep combustibles at least three feet from heat source
Check decorations for certification labels (Decorations not bearing a label from an Independent testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Intertek (ETL) have not been tested for safety and could be hazardous.
Stay in the kitchen when something is cooking
Turn off, unplug, and extinguish all decorations when going to sleep or leaving the house.
Here is a link for a printable poster of the above to post in your home or residential facility: http://files.esfi.org/file/Top-10-Holiday-Safety-Tips.pdf
PERSONAL SAFETY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
I found a post by the LAPD [Los Angeles Police Department] regarding personal safety during the holiday seasons. I felt this was well worth following:
Avoid driving alone or late at night
Lock all doors and windows of your vehicle
If shopping at night, park in well-lit area as close to the building as possible
Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells or vehicles with tinted windows.
Have vehicle keys out and available before you leave the building
Secure your purse and packages at all times. Do not sit them down or on top of the car in order to open the door
Be aware of your surroundings and do not approach your car should there be persons around it. Rather, ask a security guard to escort you to your vehicle.
When leaving or arriving at your home, be sure to note that you actually locked your doors.
Leave on lights inside and out, should you anticipate being out past dark. Possibly leave a television or radio playing so that it gives an appearance that someone is home.
Be aware that criminals will sometimes pose as a courier for a package or even gift solicitations. Be sure you courier or the person collecting funds is clearly identified. Be sure the charitable foundation is legitimate, else do not donate.
TRAVELING SAFETY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Plan ahead: Key to travel safety is planning ahead. Know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. Download the latest GPS data or obtain a new map. Check for construction detours, and consult the weatherman.
Leave your itinerary and contact information with a trusted person so your whereabouts are known at all times.
Never tell a stranger about your travel plans.
Do not drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or even distractions such as cell phones
Use seat belts for older individuals and a car seat for small children
Driving by day is safer than driving at night, so consider this when choosing your travel time.
Always have a breakdown kit with you. This could include the following: flares and flashlights, jumper cables, fuses and spare tires, and perhaps even blankets).
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM INTERIORS FOR SENIORS
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