City of Woodstock Police Department and Fire and Rescue have some tips to help keep your loved ones and your property safe in the coming months. Taking the time to think through possible hazardous scenarios related to holiday shopping and trimming the tree can make a big difference.
In the weeks before Thanksgiving, replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and go over an emergency exit plan with your family.
If small children are present while cooking holiday meals, use the back burners of the stove when possible and turn pot handles to the back.
If you plan to put up a live Christmas tree, be sure to check the water daily. Dried out trees pose a greater fire risk. Turn off your holiday lights before leaving the house or going to sleep.
At home, always lock your doors and keep gifts out of sight.
To avoid advertising to criminals that you have a new TV or other expensive electronics in your house, break down merchandise packaging and place it inside trash bins.
When exiting your vehicle, lock your doors and take your valuables inside. While shopping or running errands, don’t leave purses and packages in plain sight. Do not leave your car running and unattended in your driveway, especially if there are children inside it. Never leave firearms in your automobile.
To avoid “porch pirates,” have packages delivered to work, leave specific instructions for delivery drivers, install security cameras, network with your neighbors, or use a smart lock.
When shopping at night, stay alert and park in well-lit areas of parking lots. Don’t purchase more than you can carry out of the store without a cart and have your car keys out before you leave the building.
When shopping with children, create a plan for what to do if you are accidentally separated.
When shopping online, be sure your computer is safe by installing antivirus software. Also, look for “https” in the URL to ensure that you are using secure websites to make your purchases.
The City of Woodstock wants you to have a wonderful holiday season. To kick off the season, you’re invited to the Christmas Jubilee and Parade of Lights December 7 at 5:30pm in downtown Woodstock.
Be sure you’re not on the naughty list by dropping off a letter in Santa’s mailbox December 2-15 in the gazebo in The Park at City Center. The Jolly Old Elf is very good about writing everyone back.
For more information about these events, visit WoodstockGa.gov.