Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Keep Yourself and Your Family Safe for the Holidays

Thanks for the guest post by Jonathan Curtis

With the holiday season in full swing, many people will be traveling to spend time with family and friends. It is important to stay safe and have an enjoyable holiday season, free of injury, property damage and other mishaps. Here are a few safety tips for the holidays to keep in mind during your festivities.

-Designate a driver

If you will be consuming alcohol at your holiday parties, make sure to designate one person who will drive everyone home safely. Make sure this is spelled out in advance.

-Secure your home

The holidays are open season for theives waiting for your to leave home so they can clean you out. Make sure you set your home alarm system from before you leave. Have neighbors collect mail and newspapers so that burgulars won't know you're not home.

-Have a babyproofing kit

Visiting relatives? Make sure you take along items to babyproof their homes to protect your youngsters. This kit should include cabinet locks, outlet covers and window blind ties. Remind family members to shut bathroom doors after use. Ask grandma to put her pill case on a high shelf, out of reach of little hands.

-Secure your pets

Traveling with Fluffy and Fido? Make sure they are in pet car seats while traveling on the road. Not only can they get hurt in an accident, they can also cause accidents by roaming freely in your car and getting under your brake pedal. A six pound cat can also become a projectile if you brake suddenly, causing damage to the cat and other occupants in the car.

Have a safe holiday season by following these helpful safety tips for the holidays.

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