Shopping with children -- especially when they may not have been out of the house as much in the past year -- can be tricky. They may be easily distracted by a new toy or colorful holiday display in the store and wander off without you knowing. If possible, it may be better to leave children at home with another family member or trusted friend. But ensure you have a plan if you and your children are separated, such as a meeting place. Or, teach your children to find a store employee for help.
Other habits can also help make your shopping
experience safer. Try to shop before it gets dark if possible; if you can’t go out until after nightfall, ask a friend or family member to come with you. Keep your wallet and valuables close to you in order to deter thieves or pickpockets. Ensure your phone is charged in case of emergency.
4. Protect Your Home
Outdoor decorations may be a symbol of happiness and holiday spirit. But criminals and other bad actors may see an opportunity instead. These displays -- indoor or outside -- may give off an impression of wealth, which could leave you a target for thieves.
Be sure you lock all your windows and doors when leaving the house. If you’re going to be away visiting family for a few days or more, consider putting your lights on a timer, pausing your mail/newspaper delivery, and having a friend or neighbor come check on your house while you’re gone.
Even if you’re staying in town, porch pirates may be on the lookout for holiday deliveries they can swipe from you. Remember: some criminals may even pose as package delivery services, so be cautious and remind your children not to open the door to strangers -- not even the mailman.
5. Watch Out for Fire Hazards
The holidays are a wonderful time of year, often celebrated with delicious food, Christmas trees or menorahs, and roaring fireplaces. But all of these can pose a risk of fire and should be carefully watched in order to keep everyone -- and your home -- safe.
Candles and open flames should never be left unattended, especially around children or pets. Be sure to dispose of wrapping paper in a way that it can’t catch on fire from a stray spark. And old Christmas lights can be damaged or fray, which could catch your real or artificial tree on fire.
Academy Bank Has Your Back
At Academy Bank, we know the importance of safety. No matter what life throws at you, we’re committed to being your partner through it all.
We wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy holiday season.