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  • Help keep your child or elderly close while shopping

    The only thing scarier during the holidays than the tally on a credit card bill come January is the idea of a child getting lost or abducted while out shopping. Safety tips can keep children by your side or help caregivers find kids fast should they wander off.

    These are a busy few months at the mall, with many people packed into stores in search of the perfect gifts. Confusion and the sheer volume of shoppers can increase the chance that a child will get lost.

    A lost child can create panic parents and caregivers. However, keeping a level head is more beneficial than running off to find the child. Although preventing a child from wandering off is the best method of protection, being prepared for what to do should the child go missing is equally important.

    * Have a Meeting place in case it does happen.

    * Dress in an outfit to stand out instead of blend in.

    * With phones today, take a picture of your loved one so you have a picture of what they are wearing, how the hair style is, even down to the scrapes that might be described.

    * Make sure your loved one knows your phone number.  This way they can recite it and call you right away to another adult, police officer, or store attendant.

    * I know holding hands is next to impossible while shopping.  There are other ways to keep ones from wondering too far.  Put a blinking light on the arm so they stay visible.  Just be sure to keep the light in your mind and sights.

    * Reinforce positive behavior. Should a child wander off and follow safety tips, reward that behavior with praise when you are reunited. Wait until another time to talk about why he or she got lost and how to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

    Children tend to wander off out of curiosity or by following the wrong person. During the busy holiday season this can happen more frequently.

  • Hotel Safety

    With hotel staff, like housekeeping and bellhops, coming in and out of your room during your stay, the safety of your valuables is a huge concern. Beyond that, natural disasters or emergencies can turn a pleasant hotel stay into a nightmare. There are ways you can ensure safety upon your arrival, during your stay, and while securing personal items in your room.

    Request a non-ground level room. Ground level windows are common points of entry for burglars. By requesting a room on the second floor or higher, you'll severely limit the potential of someone breaking into your room from the outside.  Ideally, you may want to ask for a room on floors three through five. These will deter break-ins, but can still be reached by emergency personnel, like firemen. There are ways to ease your mind and guard your windows.

    Prevent your room number from being overheard. Your hotel should not announce your name and room number aloud. Doing so may alert eavesdropping thieves as to where to find your room. If the hotel desk worker says this information out loud, ask for another room.  You may feel self-conscious while doing this, but the simple fact is your room number should be private for your own personal security.

    Leave the door open if accompanied to your room by staff. Many hotels offer valet or porter service to assist getting your baggage to your room and to point its features. When accompanied to your room by staff, be sure to leave the door open to minimize any potential accusations of improper behavior.  Do a brief check of the room while the valet, porter, or bellhop is there to verify the room is empty. Check closets, the shower, and behind doors.  You can always have a hidden camera on your person, and make a video until the service has left.

    Check the room for damage and functionality. In some cases, hotel staff may have missed compromised safety features, like broken locks and deadbolts. If you notice that any of the safety features of your room are broken, request a new room.  Lock each door and turn the handle to confirm the lock actually works. This includes deadbolts and safety locks.

    Use the safety lock when inside the room. Most hotel rooms are equipped with an additional safety lock above or below the handle lock and deadbolt on your room's door. Frequently, these locks can be fastened by sliding a piece of metal on a chain into a fixture bolted to the door or door frame.  Some safety locks are installed improperly or on doors/frames that are insufficient. Try pulling the door against the safety lock. If it or the wood strains, moves, or deforms, your safety lock will only provide minimal safety.  There are also portable safety locks and alarms that can be used during your stay by logging on here.

    Keep a flashlight by your sleeping area. This is especially important when staying in areas where natural disasters, like earthquakes, are common. Natural disasters can interrupt power and leave you scrambling in the dark. Keep a small flashlight by your bed or on your nightstand so you have light in the event of an emergency.  Keeping a flashlight stun gun on your bed side keeps a light as well as a defense weapon in your hands.

    Lock valuables in your room safe when out and about. Hotels usually provide a safe in your room to protect your valuables. Combination safes that you can set yourself are much safer than key-lock safes.  Electronics, like laptops, music players, and tablets, are often targeted by thieves, making these prime candidates for room safe storage.  Jewelry and other small valuables are easy to hide in pockets and smuggle out of your room. Keep these in your room safe as well.  There are also portable hidden safes that can be used for small items that most thieves won't even know they are safes.  If your room safe appears to be poorly made or easy to break into, you may want to forego storing anything in it and use the front desk safe instead.

    Seal your luggage when not in your room. A glimpse of a designer dress or a fancy suit may tempt hotel workers. Keeping all your luggage zipped closed, especially when you're out for the day, will decrease the risk of a hotel worker taking something.  You might also want to move your luggage to a less visible location, like in a closet or under the bed, to further remove temptation.

    Utilize luggage and technology locks. The small locks used to secure luggage or technology won't deter a serious thief, but they will help prevent casual theft. Thieves often look for the easiest victim, and your locks will send a signal that you're a cautious traveler.  You can also use alarm padlocks in case a thief tries to get into your bags. These kinds of locks can be found at most hardware stores, technology stores, luggage stores, or through online retailers.

    Close your room completely when going out. Open windows or balconies will be easier for a thief to break into. Every time you leave your room, check to make sure each window, balcony, and door leading into/out of your room is closed and secure.  Even on higher floors, burglars may be able to easily hop from the balcony of a neighboring room to your own.  Secure your windows with glass breakage alarms that will create a sound to announce his presence.

  • Running Safety tip 2

    Tip 2 for running safely out there! Don't wear dark clothing! Safety measure 2 to keep you safe. Wear bright clothes and light up your existence. Wearing lights can assist in this and it helps you to see at night as well! Light up your shoes and arms!   These also work great for people that work outside, construction workers, kids playing at night, Mardi Gras, concerts, hunters, fishermen, crossing guards, or any outside venue.

  • Light it up

    Night time comes daily so if you're a person that likes to run, walk the dog, power walk, ride bikes, work construction, safety patrol, clubbing, hunters, hikers, campers, kids in the yard, even leaving work at night.  We could all use a little light in the dark of dark. So put some lights on your person, spokes on your bike, your pet's collar, or wrists and shoes.

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