2011 Safety Tip
Safety Tips if Traveling
- Stay off Facebook and Twitter –
Don’t post your status that you’re going out of town or
that you’re visiting relatives. This is an open invitation to
would-be thieves. And if you think that no one but your friends will
actually see what you’re posting, think again!
- Get a check-up for your car – This includes
brakes, tire pressure, windshield wiper blades and oil. Keep an empty
gas can with you in the car and an old, charged cell phone in case of
an emergency. Even if you don’t have a cell phone plan, you can
still use it to call 911.
- Plan for emergencies – Get a copy of any prescription
from your doctor and pediatrician to keep with you. If someone in your
family has allergies get a second Epi-Pen. Pack an emergency First-Aid
kit for the car. You can either buy a pre-stocked one or create one
for yourself which includes bandages, icepack, acetaminophen, ibuprofen,
antihistamine, antiseptic wipes and a barrier mask for performing CPR.
Additionally, keep some supplies if you get stranded such as blankets,
water bottles, extra batteries and a flashlight.
Secure your home
– Be sure
one trusted neighbor has the code to your alarm system in case they
need to get in. Ask them to keep any eye out for any strange cars
passing by. It’s also a good idea to ask your neighbor to collect
your mail and newspapers while you’re away. If you don’t
feel comfortable asking a neighbor to do this, have your mail held
and newspapers cancelled until you return. Leave a couple lights on
while you are away. In the chance of a snowstorm, make sure you have
someone readily available to plow your driveway. By doing this, burglars
will think the house is occupied. Shut off the water to your washing
machine and make sure no appliances are left on.