'Tis the Season of Christmas cheer! And along with all the cheer comes the hustle and bustle of finding the time to get it all done before the big day. During this busyness, we sometimes forget about safety and the last thing we want is for something bad to happen. So here are some tips to keep your holidays safe and fun for everyone!
1. Know Your Surroundings - this time of year we all carry lots of bags during those shopping trips. However, having your hands full and being distracted while getting to your car can make you a target. So park where there is lots of light, make multiple trips to your car to unload your packages throughout your trip (I know this can add more time to the already crazy shopping experience, but just think you can get some fresh air for a bit to rejuvenate you to keep going!), and have your keys ready so you are not fumbling for them at the car.
2. Keep Packages Hidden - it is a good idea to hide your valuables. Place all bags in the trunk if possible. Remember out of sight out of mind!
3. Know the "Hot Spots" - Edmonton police just released a list of vehicle theft 'hot spots' around the city. Make sure you don't leave your car running and lock the doors. For the list of hot spots check out this website: https://globalnews.ca/news/6255061/edmonton-vehicle-theft-hot-spots/
4. Be Prepared for Emergencies - during these cold Alberta months, you don't want to be stuck on the side of the road without a plan. Always make sure you have a fully stocked emergency roadside kit in your vehicle at all times. It also doesn't hurt to have an extra blanket, phone charger, mitts and a small shovel stashed away too.
1. Don't Let Them Sit - make sure you are tracking when your packages arrive so they are not sitting for long periods of time on your porch or mailbox. If you can't be home when they arrive maybe ask a neighbour to see if they can watch for it.
2. Have Them Shipped To a Different Address - talk to your boss and see if it is ok to have them shipped to your work or have them delivered to the nearest UPS or FedEx store. Or some stores will let you have it shipped directly to the nearest location so you can pick it up from there.
3. Can't Beat Them, Trick Them - LOL! This is just for a little humour but could be a good way to start decluttering for the new year!
make a major difference in the life of another person and get rid of clutter in your home!
Reuse your online shipping boxes in which you received your purchases or any other cardboard box you may have, to donate your unwanted household items: such as gently used clothing, shoes, etc.
DECORATIONS & TOYS
1. Real Trees - Real trees can be very pretty and they smell wonderful, but make sure they are fresh and kept watered daily. Keep them away from high traffic areas and heat sources such as heat vents & fireplaces to prevent fire. Make sure to recycle them right after the holiday season. To find out how to recycle your tree in Edmonton check out this website: https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/garbage_waste/garbage-collection-christmas-trees.aspx. For other cities please check out that City's website. Most trees can be taken to an Eco Station but only during certain days of the season.
2. Electrical Cords - overloaded plugins and circuits can overheat and start a fire. Make sure cords are protected and not pinched behind furniture or placed under carpets or tree skirts.
3. Unplug Before Bed - turn off all decorations and blow out candles before going to bed or leaving for the evening.
4. Toys - new toys are a highlight of many children at this time of year! However, make sure toys are for the appropriate age of the child. Small parts on older kids toys could be a hazard to smaller children. Did you know that some toys can be recalled for health or safety concerns? Here is a link to Canada's recall database for all products not just toys: https://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/index-eng.php