It is beginning to feel a lot like winter today in Southeast Texas with temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s! The holiday season is here with festive décor, office parties, and shopping for gifts. While this is the most wonderful time of year for many people, it is also a hazardous time of year with more decorations, holiday food, and package deliveries. Stay safe this year with some helpful holiday tips.
EHS Today is a resource for safety tips involving work and personal life situations. They offer tips for environmental, health, and other safety issues. Their website offers these holiday safety tips:
- Holiday theft: theft overall tends to rise in the months of November and December. Best thing to do is to make sure you secure everything that you can. Lock up cars, trucks, and homes.
- Leave the lights on: thieves usually don’t approach homes that appear to be occupied. Leave on outside lights at night (or set them with a timer) and when you leave the house during the day; leave on some of the lights inside the home to give the appearance that someone is home.
- Package delivery: more and more people are purchasing gifts online and having them shipped to their home. With this trend, more people are having packages stolen right off their front porch. If you’re expecting packages, request signature confirmation or have a trusted neighbor hold on to it for you.
- Cooking hazards: a fried turkey is delicious. A fried house due to a deep fryer accident is not. Make sure you read the instructions on how to prepare your turkey safely and please, use the deep fryer OUTSIDE of the house.
- Decoration hazards: Speaking of fires, Christmas tree fires can be devastating for what is normally such a beacon of happiness. If you have a live tree, make sure that it has water every day, and ensure that any lights you use are checked for breaks or exposed wires.
- Creative disposal: dispose of your presents boxes creatively – placing that 60” TV box outside on trash day is just asking for trouble. Try and break down boxes and other packaging as to not give away the wonderful gifts your family received.
- Social media: in today’s inter-connected age, it’s important to be very careful about what you share on social media. Be very careful about what you post and if you do decide to share your gifts, make sure you don’t have your location tagged to the post.
- Travel: if you’re traveling to visit family or going on a holiday vacation, wait until after your trip to post about it. Have a good friend of neighbor check on your house every couple of days to give you an updated.
- Decorations & lighting: make sure not to run extension cords through windows or garage doors. Just the littlest crack can expose a home to thieves.
- Who’s at the door: criminals can try and scope out your home posing as a delivery person or someone looking for charitable donations. Be cautious when talking to people you’re unfamiliar with and don’t let them in your home.
We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable holiday season! Remember, caution often pays off and it is better to be safe than sorry. Take time for safety.
One Team. One Vision. One Goal. – Everyone Goes Home Safe!