Tips for Staying Safe This Holiday Season

Tips for Staying Safe This Holiday Season

December 3, 2019

With the winter holidays approaching, it’s time for holiday shopping, travel, holiday parties and a lot of unexpected dangers. With this in mind, holiday season safety in Lubbock, TX is important. Here are our favorite tips for keeping yourself and your family safe during this holiday season.

Travel safety

  • Plan ahead: Make sure you winterize your car (especially when it comes to your tires) and always have an emergency kit on hand. Map out your route ahead of time and keep a printed copy on hand so that if your GPS fails, you won’t be lost. Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • Stay safe: Buckling up isn’t just the law—it saves lives. Ensure that all of your passengers are buckled in, and put any major distractions (for example, your cell phone) in a place where they won’t be a temptation.
  • Always use a designated driver: It’s tempting to think that you can handle your liquor, especially if you don’t “feel drunk.” However, you’re not only risking your license and freedom, but also your life and the lives of others. It’s just smart to have a designated driver on hand when you’re attending a party.

Fire and decoration safety

  • Candles and fireplaces: When you’re decorating for the holidays, be sure to keep all décor far away from candles and fireplaces—including rugs, tree branches and other foliage. If you have pets, be sure to keep them away from lit candles.
  • Keep your tree watered: Dry Christmas trees are a huge fire hazard. Cut off about two inches from the trunk for effective water absorption.
  • Light it up safely: Never use nails or screws when hanging lights, and be sure to turn off all lights when you go to bed.

Toy safety

  • Keep age in mind: When you’re buying gifts for children, look at the age guidelines and choose wisely. Smaller children are prone to choking on small pieces—no matter how smart you think your child is, the adult LEGOs can wait until she’s older. Similarly, most toys that require batteries or electricity should be reserved for those age 10 and up.
  • Safety gear might be required: If you’re looking to gift a child their first bike or roller skates, make sure you also give them the right kind of safety gear, such as helmets and kneepads.

Food safety

  • Wash your hands: When cooking, be sure to wash your hands frequently, especially when handling raw meat. Wipe down counters with antibacterial soap.
  • Check the temperature: To avoid food poisoning, use a meat thermometer to ensure the meat is cooked to a safe temperature.
  • To the fridge: Be sure to refrigerate leftovers within two hours of serving.

All of us at The Law Office of Rob Biggers would like to wish you and your family a safe holiday season in Lubbock, TX. If your holiday season isn’t as safe as it should be, and you need the assistance of an attorney, call our team. We embrace West Texas values and bring highly skilled representation to clients facing a wide range of legal situations. The Law Office of Rob Biggers specializes in family law, criminal law and DUI/DWI cases, and we always pursue the best possible legal outcomes for our clients. Reach out to us to learn more.

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