Holiday Safety Tips

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This time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in the rush of holiday shopping and travel. It’s great to see family and friends, but before you head out for whatever reason, consider the safety of your home while you’re gone as well as the safety of you and your family while you’re decking the halls. The following tips from the Los Angeles Police Department Crime Prevention Section can help you be more careful, prepared and aware during the holiday season in Oakland County.

At Home:

  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
  • When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.
  • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.
  • Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
  • Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.
  • When setting up a Christmas tree or other holiday display, make sure doors and passageways are clear inside your home.
  • Be sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base so children, elderly persons or family pets cannot pull it over on themselves.
  • If you use lights on your Christmas tree ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.
  • Place your Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it green.
  • Never place wrapping paper in your fireplace.

More tips after the jump!

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Holiday Shopping Safety

It seems like every year, the holidays come earlier and earlier. Or maybe it’s just our imagination. Regardless, the buying season is upon us, and soon shoppers will be flocking to stores for Black Friday deals. With the chaos of crowded stores can also come trouble, and you sometimes never know when you’re shopping at an online retailer. The Oakland County Sheriff has a few helpful tips on how to keep yourself out of trouble.

  • Know who you’re dealing with.
  • Protect your privacy.
  • While online order only on a secure server.
  • Guard your online password.
  • Pay the safest way.
  • Check the refund and return policy.
  • Read the fine print.
  • Check delivery dates.
  • Review warranties.
  • Compare prices.
  • Check shipping and handling fees.
  • Order early to allow plenty of time for shipment and delivery.

In addition, Sheriff Michael Bouchard did this very helpful Oakland County Podcast on the topic in 2008. It’s an older podcast, but the information is just as relevant today. Take a listen, and stay safe out there folks.