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Dec

Holiday Safety Tips

HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS
THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS UPON US. SHOPPING, DECORATIONS, AND FAMILY ALL COME TO MIND. SOMETHING ELSE WE SHOULD ALL TAKE A MOMENT TO THINK ABOUT IS SAFETY. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO REMIND YOURSELF OF SOME SIMPLE TIPS TO HELP KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SAFE.
As you can appreciate, no one can ensure your personal safety. Please remember that your well-being is your responsibility and that of the local law enforcement agencies.
 Stop, Look and Listen! Be aware of your surrounds.
 Know your neighbors. Watching out for each other is one of the best defenses against crime.
 Park in well-lit areas. Don’t leave items of value in your automobile
 Let the management office know of any lights that need to be replaced in common areas.
 Have your keys ready before making your way to your car or inside a building.
 If you are out for the evening, turn on the lights and a radio or television so that it looks like someone is home.
 Make sure door locks, window latches, and sliding glass doors are properly secured at all times.
 Use the keyless deadbolt when you are at home.
 Do not go inside if you arrive home and find your door open. Call the police from another location and ask them to meet you before entering.
 If you are traveling, get an automatic timer for your lights and/or ask a friend or neighbor to watch your home. Don’t forget to make arrangements to have your mail and newspaper picked up. If it piles up, it’s a sure sign you’re gone.
 Don’t put your name or address on your key ring or hide extra keys in obvious places, like under a flowerpot. If you lose a key or have concerns about key safety let us know.
Every year thousands of people are injured or killed due to faulty holiday decorations. Here are some safety tips to remember.
 Before starting a fire in your fireplace, be sure the flue is open and clear of debris. Do not burn trash, Christmas greenery (including Christmas tree), or wrapping paper in your fireplace.
 NEVER leave a burning fire unattended.
 NEVER leave a burning candle unattended. Place candles in a sturdy container to avoid falling over. Do not put candles in open windows where curtains can blow into the flame. Remember to extinguish candles before going to bed.
 If you purchase a live Christmas tree be sure to keep the tree watered. Artificial trees should be made of fire-resistant material.
 Only use UL approved holiday lights. Inspect electrical lights for broken or cracked sockets and frayed wires, replace if necessary. Do not use indoor lights outside or outdoor lights inside. Do not overload extension cords. Turn off all holiday lights when you leave your home or go to bed.

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