The summer holidays – love them or not – are a time to celebrate. With celebration, however, often comes complacency. It’s a time of year when we are more prone to relax and let our guard down, all in the spirit of the season.
As wonderful as the holidays are, there is danger lurking behind some of the more common aspects of our celebrations. But there doesn’t have to be. With a little forethought, preparation and knowledge, the holiday period can be safe and worry-free.
Keep the kids safe
This is the time to remind children of the family’s basic rules, such as not speaking with strangers. Here are a few safety reminders to keep in mind when shopping with young children:
- Select a meeting place in the event you become separated.
- Teach your children how to identify mall security personnel and how to ask for help. If they can’t find a security guard, let them know they should seek help from a staff in a shop.
- Remind them to never leave the shopping centre or mall without a parent or guardian.
Safety at home includes hanging ornaments, lights and other decorations out of the reach of little ones, keep anything heavy out of reach and don’t forget that mistletoe and holly berries are toxic and that game pieces can be choking hazards.
Holiday shopping safety
Unfortunately, crime rates tick upward during the holidays. “We call it good cheer,” “Criminals call it complacency.”
Here are some tips to keep you out of harm’s way while shopping:
- If shopping late in the day, park in an area that will be well-lit after dark.
- Try not to shop alone. Thieves tend to target loners.
- Walk with a purpose, paying attention to what’s going on around you.
- Your car keys serve a number of safety purposes: carry them with the end of the keys pointing out to be used as a weapon. Sound the car’s alarm if anyone suspicious approaches you.
- Check the back seat and under the car before entering it.
- Don’t leave previous purchases, cell phones or other valuables on the seats, in plain sight. Lock everything of value in the boot.
According to the Fire Services, fire departments respond to dozens of Christmas tree fires nationally each year. These fires cause mild to severe injuries, deaths and property damage.
A fresh tree is less likely to burn than a dried-out tree so water yours daily. Additional holiday tree safety tips include:
- Keep the tree at least a metre away from heat sources.
- Before putting lights on the tree, inspect each string for exposed wires, frayed wires and broken sockets. If you have pets that like to chew on wires, inspect the strands frequently throughout the season.
- If you need to use an extension cord, don’t overload it and don’t run it under a rug.
Candles can also play a prominent role in peoples’ holiday celebrations. The CFS warns that candles are responsible for numerous home fires each year. Candle safety includes not leaving them unattended while they are burning. Additional tips include:
- Don’t use candles to decorate the tree or wreath. Use battery-operated candles instead.
- Keep candles away from curtains and other flammable materials.
- Ensure that lit candles are out of the reach of children and pets.
- Do not sleep with a burning candle.
Speaking of pets
The holidays bring with them some special dangers for your pets. The RSPCA offers additional pet safety tips to keep in mind during the holidays:
- Poinsettias, holly, pine needles and mistletoe are poisonous to pets.
- Tinsel swallowed, means a trip to the emergency vet.
- Don’t allow the dog or cat to drink from the tree stand. It may contain fertilizers and bacteria.
- Secure the tree to ensure it doesn’t topple over when the kitty decides to take a hike up the trunk.
- Dogs love chocolate. Chocolate doesn’t love dogs. Place the chocolate coins in their foil wrapping and net bags out of Fido’s reach.
Keep these tips in mind and, before you know it, the holidays will be a happy memory, everyone will be safe and life will get back to normal.
Wishing Your Family & Pets a Wonderful Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year!
Got questions, comments or feedback? Email [email protected]
To find out more, you’re welcome to call 08 83961100 to arrange a chat with people that care.
Alternatively, Book a Free Consultation or Get Your Home Value Here. We’ll Guide You Home!
Feel free to browse the rest of our Blog for more tips tricks and helpful info you can use.
Not sure of some of the terms & meanings used? Check our comprehensive Glossary, Abbreviations and FAQ’s!
P.S. If you are part of a Club, Group, School or Organisation and need someone to ‘Speak about Real Estate & Property’, You’re Welcome to ask or Click Here. For Sponsorship, Click Here.
Want to read in Another Language? Go to our Home page & Scroll to the bottom and choose Translation.
Want Proof of our ability? Check Client References.
Your Home SOLD in 90 Days or Less or We SELL it for FREE!
Our FEES are Less than Your First Price Reduction with the Wrong Agent.
Thanks for reading…
What else would YOU like to know about? What would make a great story?
Do you have any specific questions or advice on buying, selling, renting or investing? Real Estate trends? Local, interstate international? Info on the buying or selling process? How to sell or buy? What NOT to do?
What can you TELL us about?
Your neighbourhood – What do you love? Shops, Parks for families, pets, to relax? Restaurants, pubs, hotels, places to go, things to do? Anything else at all? Share Your Own Real Estate, Property, Wisdom & Experiences… The Good, The Bad or The Ugly? What have you learned that other people should know?
Know someone who needs help?
You can REFER them here.
Whatever Topic or Suggestion you have… email us at [email protected] or call 08 83961100. We’d love to hear about your ideas.
Like most things in life, these are recommendations only. It is not legal advice, it may or may not suit your own circumstances and you may need to make your own additional enquiries.
Regards Eriks & Team Plaza Real Estate