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Town officials provide tips for safe holiday season

Town officials offer safety tips for the holidays. (Scott Mullin photo)

The Lewisboro Office of Emergency Management has released a list of holiday safety tips to remind residents that they can never be too careful, prepared or aware during the holiday season. Officials ask that residents share this information with family, friends and neighbors to help make this holiday season a safe and enjoyable one for all.

Safety tips for 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.

• 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.

• Be sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base so children 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.

• Never place wrapping paper in your fireplace.

For children

• Teach your child to go to a store clerk and ask for help in case your child is separated from you.

• Teach children to stay close to you at all times while shopping.

• Never allow children to make unaccompanied trips to the restroom.

• Children should never be allowed to go to the car alone, and they should never be left alone in the car.

• Teach children their full name, address and telephone number to give to police officers or mall security. Teach children to immediately inform you if a stranger is bothering them.

While driving

• Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.

• If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area.

• Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.

• Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.

• Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.

• When approaching and leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings and be sure to locate your keys before going to your car.

• Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.

• Don’t hesitate to ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.

Shopping

• Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.

• Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.

• Be extra careful if you carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, and bus stops, and on buses and other rapid transit.

• Always carry your driver’s license or identification card along with necessary cash, checks or a credit card you expect to use in your front pocket.

• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.

• Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.

• Keep a record of all your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.

• Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.

• Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, “con artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.

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