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Safe Living Tips

Staying safe while on vacation, traveling abroad, going away to college, adjusting to living alone, or while leaving latchkey kids home on their own can be challenging. Here are some tips to help you and your loved ones.

While on Vacation

Going on vacation is an exciting time, but it can also pose many opportunities for danger. One of the best ways to stay safe while on a trip is to research your destination. Know where to get help. Are there high crime areas to avoid? Have other visitors issued any warnings or discussed potential problems? Keep your valuables locked up whenever possible, and limit the amount of cash you carry.

Traveling Abroad

Traveling abroad presents many more opportunities for danger than domestic vacations. It is always a good idea to check in with someone back home on a regular basis. Determine a set schedule and make sure to update your stateside contact with your itinerary each day. Pack lightly and keep your valuables secured at all times. Stay in public areas and research local laws before you travel.

Going Away to College

Many college students feel they can take on the world, ignoring simply but crucial safety tips. Try to make it home each night before dark and when you must be out, always travel with a friend. Stick to well-lit, main walkways and streets instead of looking for shortcuts. Keep your doors, windows, and your car locked at all times and keep your student ID and your cell phone with you.

Living Alone

People living alone should consider having a home alarm system installed. Think of the automation as having an ever-vigilant roommate that will notify emergency personnel in the case of a break in, fire, or medical emergency. If you can’t afford that expedient, opt for the old-fashioned neighborhood watch. Make friends with your neighbors and agree to look out for each other’s homes. Pay attention to any unusual activity in your neighborhood, and keep a network of neighborhood contact information posted to assist you in getting help when you need it.

Tips for Latchkey Kids

Leaving your kids at home, even for a few minutes, can be a harrowing experience. Prepare your children by enrolling them in the latchkey kids program. These classes teach your kids what to do in an emergency, and how to stay safe when they are home alone. Enlist the help of a trusted friend or neighbor to check in on your kids, and require the children themselves to phone you or a designated person at regular intervals. Review fire safety and “stranger danger” protocols and provide your children with a comprehensive list of emergency contact numbers.

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