The end of 2017 is on our doorstep. Most of us will be going on a well deserve holiday. Always be vigilant and don’t get caught in unpleasant situations because you are “on holiday” and in a carefree mood.
1. Holiday Theft
Theft overall tends to rise in the months of November and December. Best thing to do is to make sure you secure everything you can e.g. lock up your car, home etc. Even if you on holiday, ensure all valuables is locked away.
2. Leave Lights On
Thieves usually do not approach homes that appear occupied. Leave outside lights on when leaving for holiday or put lights on a timer. Also leave some inside lights on.
3. Social Media Advertisement
In today’s inter-connected age, it is important to be very careful to advertise your vacation plans on social media and advertising expensive gifts. This all can lead to you becoming a target. If you wish to do it, do it after the holidays.
4. Children’s Safety
Even when going on holiday ensure at all times children are safe and are safe guarded under adolescent supervision. Human Trafficking is a reality and happens in a blink of an eye.
There is no such thing as being overly cautious. When driving, always check rearview mirrors to ensure you’re not being followed, be vigilant when entering or exiting your car, avoid sitting in stationary cars longer than is absolutely necessary and always be on the lookout for any suspicious people or cars.
Take extra precautions no matter what:
- Before driving off, ensure all car doors and windows are locked
- Try to use alternative routes and switch departure and arrival times
- Give yourself space to flee by stopping 5 meters behind the car in front of you when stopped at a traffic light or stop sign
- Look out for fake car ram accidents from behind. In these situations, do not get out of the car, instead drive to the nearest police station
- Watch your rearview mirror at all times and pay particular attention to cars driving without their headlights on
- Place all valuables inside the boot before stopping at shopping centre’s
- Ensure that your vehicle is locked at all times
- Check the door handles after locking it with a remote
- Do not leave GPS fittings or cell phone chargers in the open this indicates that valuables are in the vehicle
- If you are traveling an unfamiliar route, make sure to plan your route properly ahead of time
- Try to avoid back roads as much as possible
- Always be aware of your surroundings
- Be aware that shopping malls will be crowded plan accordingly
- Park in well lit areas at night
- Never give lifts to strangers
- Always have a map of the area on you
- Be aware of the emergency numbers just in case
- Do not carry around large sums of money
6. Eight Simple Rules to Protect your Family from Sunburns
- Keep babies younger than 6 months out of direct sunlight. Find shade under a tree, an umbrella, or the stroller canopy.
- When possible, dress yourself and your children in cool, comfortable clothing that covers the body, such as lightweight cotton pants, long-sleeved shirts, and hats.
- Select clothes made with a tight weave; they protect better than clothes with a looser weave. If you’re not sure how tight a fabric’s weave is, hold it up to see how much light shines through. The less light, the better. Or you can look for protective clothing labeled with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF).
- Wear a hat with an all-around 3-inch brim to shield the face, ears, and back of the neck.
- Limit your sun exposure between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm when UV rays are strongest.
- Wear sunglasses with at least 99% UV protection. Look for child-sized sunglasses with UV protection for your child.
- Use sunscreen.
- Make sure everyone in your family knows how to protect his or her skin and eyes. Remember to set a good example by practicing sun safety yourself.
7. Avoid Becoming a Victim of ATM Fraud
- Always try to let someone accompany you to a ATM one observes whilst the other withdraws cash
- Always observe the people standing around or near to an ATM
- In some holiday destinations the use of a cloning device is attached to the ATM -you may feel for any loose fitting where your card slips in or the button pad
- If the screen is blank or in another language from your preferred language, use another ATM or report it to the banking personnel immediately
- Do not let anybody attempt to interrupt you whilst withdrawing cash
8. Pet’s Holiday Safety Tips
Skip the Sweets
By now you know not to feed your pets chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol, but do you know the lengths to which an enterprising pet will go to chomp on something yummy? Make sure to keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food, and be sure to secure the lids on garbage cans.
New Year’s Noise
As you count down to the new year, please keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can get lodged in a cat’s intestines, if ingested, perhaps necessitating surgery. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and cause possible damage to sensitive ears. And remember that many pets are also scared of fireworks, so be sure to secure them in a safe, escape-proof area as midnight approaches.
If your fur babies can’t go with on holiday ensure that they are well looked after by a petsitter.