Watsonville Police and Fire offer Important holiday Safety Tips

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Holidays are a great time to gather with family and friends. With so many loved ones around during the holiday season it’s even more important to keep safety in mind. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking so you can keep an eye on the stove.

According to the NFPA, one of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems! Keep in mind that although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. Check your string of lights and replace them if any are worn, have broken cords, or loose bulb connections.  When it gets cold, remember to keep gas or charcoal grills outdoors. When using a fireplace, open the flue for adequate ventilation. Never use your oven to heat your home.

Shopping is also a popular activity during the holiday season.  Criminals look for opportunities and count on distractions and inattention of shoppers to commit their crimes.  It is very important to stay aware of your surroundings, don’t use your cell phone while walking on parking lots, don’t flash large amounts of cash , carry a purse or shoulder bag close to your body.  Be sure to know where your wallet is at all times.

When you are out shopping don’t leave any valuables- gifts, cell phones, purses, lap tops, cameras or back packs in open view in your car.  Take valuables with you or lock them in your trunk.  Protect your id and credit card information, before leaving the store keep track of your bags and packages.  Be sure not to buy more than you can carry.  Ask for help and don’t hesitate to report any suspicious activities to the police or security guard.

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