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Safety Precautions to Consider During the Holidays

By Judith Mae Aguilar
On December 21, 2014

The Fall semester for 2014 has ended and an annual tradition is fast approaching: The holiday season. After surviving finals, completing the semester, and some earning their degrees, most people are now preoccupied by preparing celebrations for the holidays. Although, this is the season of joy, that joy can be turned around easily should a misfortunate event befall you.

However, there are some tips that a person can follow to remain safe and still have a great time during the season.

When looking for that perfect gift for your loved ones and you are out shopping consider going during daylight hours. If evening is the only time you are able to go out, make certain that you do not go alone but with a buddy or a group. Also, if you need to store your purchases in your vehicle, make certain that they are out of sight to keep thieves from being tempted to steal your items. If you remain in the vehicle or when you leave, make certain that all doors are locked firmly and that you park in a well lit space that is not blocked by large trucks or vans.

Shopping with the minimum amount of personal belongings is best; only having the cash needed or the credit cards on your person along with an identification card. If you need to take a purse or bag, make certain you keep a secure hold on it and never leave on the counter when paying or car when loading your purchases.

Before you get to your car make certain that you have your keys ready to unlock. But if you feel insecure about going to your vehicle alone, make certain that you ask security to escort you to your vehicle.

If you decide to go out and decide to drink, make certain that there is a designated driver in the group, or if you are alone, use a taxi service. Also, eat before or during the party, especially foods high in protein, to slow the absorption of alcohol in your system. If you are the person who facilitated the party, make certain that you have non-alcoholic drinks available for the designated driver. Also, be cognitive of your guests and if you need to, be ready to intercede on their behalf with alternative forms of transportation.

The holiday season is the time of celebration in joy and there is no reason that a person can participate in the glee and be safe. Be certain to look up other safety tips online or check with local police to confirm of additional assistance that may be available during the holidays.

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