Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Holiday Safety Tips for the Kids at Heart

During this holiday season, keep in mind that it's not just the little ones who need to be careful. As independent and strong as we are, we are still kids at heart. We must remember to avoid the holiday distractions that prevent us from using our common sense. We have to stay aware of our surroundings and follow the time-tested methodology for staying safe out there.

Be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to people and vehicles around you. Be cautious of people following you or strangers approaching you for any reason.

Make sure that you park in well-lit, well-populated areas that are close to the shopping center entrance. Shop 'til you drop can become more than a catch-phrase if you park a half-mile from the mall.

Shop early and do not stay out after dark if possible.

If possible, take someone with you. That old saying about safety in numbers is true, and there is no shame in choosing to have someone go along rather than going it alone.

If you must go alone, make sure someone knows where you are going and when you expect to return. Take your cell phone with you, use it.

Carry your driver's license/ID card, and credit/debit cards on your person rather than in a purse or other handbag. Do not carry cash unless absolutely necessary. If you must carry cash, keep it in your front pocket. Do not advertise that you are carrying cash.

Keep your keys handy. Do not make yourself a target by digging through your pockets or shopping bags looking for your keys.

Do not overburden yourself with bulky bags and too many packages. These can get in the way and make seeing around you more difficult. They can also prevent you from making a quick escape should that become necessary.

Dress casually and comfortably. This is wise on several fronts, but you do not want to be caught trying to run  - either to a good sale or from an assailant - when you are wearing heels.

Do not wear expensive jewelry. Again, it is not wise to advertise in this regard.

Remember, there are people out there who will be on the lookout for more than a good sale item this Christmas season, so let's watch our backs and stay safe out there...

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