The Holiday season is a time for joy – but it’s also time for caution. For instance, it’s estimated that some 400,000 home burglaries occur between November and December each year – a generous spike in home invasions compared to the rest of the year. Drunk driving also spikes around the holidays, as it’s estimated that alcohol is responsible for some 1,200 traffic deaths during the season thanks to big-party holidays like Christmas and New Year’s.
So how can you stay safe on the roads and at home during the holidays, so they truly live up to their reputation as “the most wonderful time of the year?” Here’s a look at five tips for holiday safety:
Here’s a look at five tips for holiday safety:
1. Home Security:
A home security system can go a long way toward not just holiday safety, but year-round safety. In fact, home security systems are said to be the No. 1 deterrent for burglars.
2. Travel Responsibly:
Never post travel plans or dates to social media, as your expected absence can be an advertisement to potential thieves. Additionally, if you are going to be away, contact your local police department – many offer daily courtesy patrols around the holidays if requested.
3. Drive Responsibly:
If alcohol is involved in any way, always designate a driver prior to the holiday party to get everyone home safely.
4. Be Alert on the Roads:
Christmas, New Years and Thanksgiving are all dangerous days to drive, due to drunk driving. So if you’re on the roads, be alert. Stay away from erratic drivers, always plan to take a safe route and don’t allow yourself to be distracted by passengers and technology.
5. Be on the Lookout:
Finally, use common sense. If something appears to be suspicious, call the police and report it. Also be mindful of holiday scams and try to avoid shopping alone.
The holidays should be a fun, relaxing and enjoyable time! Be sure that you’re taking the necessary safety measures to keep them that way.