Safety Tips

On the street:

  • Keep house and car keys separate.
  • Have keys ready.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Stay in well-lit areas.
  • Walk in the center of sidewalks. Avoid doorways, bushes, and alleys.
  • Do not carry excessive cash.
  • If attacked: 
    • Yell loudly
    • Use instincts, fight, and never give up

 In parking lots:

  • Park under a light at night if you anticipate it will be dark upon return.
  • Note where you parked your car for a quick and safe exit.

 In your car:

  • Check underneath and inside your car before entering.
  • Keep your car in good working order, with gas and all fluid levels up.
  • If your car breaks down, turn on flashers, lock your doors, and get as far off the road as you can. Call #77 for police assistance.
  • If you are being followed, go to the nearest police or fire station, well-lit gas station, or public place – do not go home.
  • When driving, place purse or valuables underneath your seats.

Home Safety

  • Routinely lock all windows and doors.
  • Keep entrances well-lit. Use timers for lights, both inside and outside.
  • Check identification of repair contractors or sales individuals.
  • Never indicate you are home alone.
  • Get to know your neighbors.
  • Door chains are not sufficient protection. Install a deadbolt along with a door chain.
  • Contact your local police department to inquire about a home security check.

Child Safety:

  • Children should never approach, accompany, or accept gifts from strangers.
  • Teach children to report any suspicious incidents to you.
  • Teach children to never hitchhike.
  • Know where your children are at all times.
  • Children should develop a habit of telling you where they are going and when they will return.
  • Have children play in groups and avoid secluded or deserted areas.
  • Teach children their full name, address, phone number, and how to dial 9-1-1.
  • Accompany children to restroom when in public.

 

TEACH CHILDREN STREET SAFETY:

  • Obey street signs and signals.
  • Utilize crosswalks and safe crossing at corners.
  • Encourage the use of sidewalks.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Be aware of their surroundings.

CHILD SAFETY SEATS

Internet Safety

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