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8 Tips to Stay Safe This Holiday Season

The holiday season is always a good cause for joy and celebration, but it can also be an occasion of increased accidents and crimes. Thus, be more vigilant than ever. These simple tips are important year-round, but are great reminders during the craziness of the holiday season.

  1. Drive defensively in case you're sharing the road with someone driving under the influence. Expect a spike in drunk drivers coming home from parties this season.
  2. Look at all directions when crossing the street and make sure to not be distracted by your cell phone. If a driver is intoxicated, they may be barreling down the wrong lane or have slower reflexes.
  3. Inform a friend or family member where you plan to go and how long you'll be away so someone else will know when to expect you.
  4. Choose a well-lit parking space if you'll be leaving the premises late. Carry your car keys in hand so you can get into your vehicle quickly, and don't be talking on the phone as you're walking out.
  5. Put packages you bought in the trunk of your car or under the seat. Keep them away from where they can be seen so someone is less likely to break in.
  6. Withdraw money from ATMs in visible view of many people. Avoid ATMs after-hours and in hidden corners where it's easier get mugged.
  7. Keep your mobile phone fully charged. You never know when you'll need to call for help in an emergency situation.
  8. Pull the plug on holiday lights when you're about to sleep, or get a timer to automatically switch them off at your designated time.

Overall, being more aware of your surroundings is an important step to staying safe. What other tips would you add to this list?

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