Christmas is a few days away, and most people have started preparations towards having a big celebration. Having a big celebration is a marvellous idea but staying safe should also be a top priority for everyone during this season.
Sadly, this is the period where most people let their guard down and are focused on having fun and spending time with family. Having fun is good but we should also remember to stay safe at all times. Here are a few safety measures one could consider during this festive season.
When you are on the road with your family and friends remember to buckle up your seat belt at all times. Furthermore, keep younger children below the ages of 12 at the back seat of the car with their seat belt on. It is also important not to drink and drive. A lot of people have lost their lives as a result of drunk driving. If you are in charge of driving your family back after a Christmas or New Year party, it is always advisable to stay clear off all alcoholic beverages.
Keep your home safe by ensuring all security lights outside of the house works. Sadly, this is the time petty crimes such as break-ins, home invasions and theft are high. Remember to always keep your door locked when you are out of the house or at night.
It is also important not to leave your children roaming unsupervised. Some children have gone missing during this time because parents were too busy to keep an eye on them. Also, leave them behind with a trusted family or friend when going out.
Tripple check the road before you cross or better still cross only at zebra crossings. During this period, some drivers become careless on the road with no iota of respect for pedestrians. Stay alert and take charge of your safety whiles walking or running errands in town.
Don’t accept lifts from unknown persons under any circumstance. When someone offers you a lift, politely decline and walk away. Accepting lift, from complete strangers, may seem harmless but it is not always harmless. Not everyone lived to tell the story.
Teach your child not to accept gifts or candies from strangers. Ask them to politely decline gifts from strangers or people they are not familiar with; some unscrupulous people who are out to harm children choose this time to operate.