Holidays are festive times filled with activities that include shopping, planning, attending holiday events, cooking, and being together with our families.
While we are preoccupied with accomplishing these pleasant chores, unsavory characters may be targeting our package deliveries, or stealing from our mailbox.
It's also a time when colds and flu are incubating in our offices and homes. We may be trying to overdo and become rundown or stressed. Child safety and fire hazards are also a concern during this hectic time.
Take a moment to review some helpful safety tips:
CDC Health Tips
- Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly can prevent the spread of germs
- Stress - if you are trying to accomplish too much, you may become overtired and stressed, and more prone to colds and flu. Give yourself a mini break and set reasonable time limits for what needs to be done.
- Children safety - keep dangerous toys, food, drink, etc. away from children. Child accidents increase during this period.
- Don't overload electrical outlets. Many house fires occur during the holidays so make sure your outlets are safe.
- Dry Christmas trees are a dangerous fire hazard - keep them well-watered.
- When you leave the house or go to bed, unplug and extinquish all decorations.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Avoid being distracted by your cellphone or other devices.
- Don't wear expensive jewelry.
- Let someone know where you are - call a family member or friend.
- FedEx suggests you consider an alternative destination - your workplace, or family member, friend, neighbor who is home during the day.
- You can have your packages sent to the nearest FedEx office - they will hold up to 5 days at no extra charge.
- Request a signature so the package will not be left unattended.
- Ask for a call - you can give instructions on where to leave your package, like behind the air-conditioner, or bush.
- Schedule a delivery - pick your own date and time
- Request a Vacation hold - will hold your packages up to 14 days