The holiday season is upon us! With the help of these safety tips, you can stay safe during the holidays this year.

Theft overall tends to rise in the November and December months, so be sure to lock your cars and homes. Here are a few additional security tips:

  • Lock presents in the trunk of your car or out of sight to prevent break-ins.
  • If you are traveling, keep a few house lights on or use timed lights, so that it appears like someone is still home.
  • Tell neighbors if you’re traveling, so if they see any suspicious activity, they can report it immediately.
  • Don’t post on social media sites about your travels, because posting details of your trip lets thieves know when your house might be empty.

With more than 103 million Americans expected to travel for the holidays, road safety is especially important. Here are some road safety tips:

  • Watch out for distracted drivers on the road especially during challenging driving conditions.
  • Don’t let yourself get distracted while driving. Text messages can wait until you safely arrive at your destination.
  • Avoid sudden movements while driving in freezing temperatures like unexpected braking or turning to prevent sliding on black ice.

There are more residential fires during the holidays than any other time of the year. Prevent fires in your home with these tips:

  • Be sure to water your Christmas tree regularly, not only to keep the tree looking and smelling fresh, but to prevent drying out the needles, which is a potential fire hazard.
  • Space heaters should always be at least 3 feet away from curtains, blankets or other potentially flammable materials.
  • Always turn off and unplug space heaters when unattended.

Keep children safe during the holidays with these helpful tips:

  • Check toys for choking hazards depending on the child’s age. Take a second look at the instructions and warning labels to make sure the gift is just right.
  • Kids love reaching up, so to prevent any burns or hot spills, use the back burner of your stove and turn pot handles away from the edge.

The last and most important tip is to enjoy this special time with family and friends!