Here are a few personal safety tips for you and your family. Start teaching your kids about safety now.
Vary your routine, drive or walk a different route a few times each week.
Do not label keys, backpack or clothes with your address.
When approaching your car or home, have your keys ready to unlock the door.
If you don't have a cell phone, always carry enough change for a pay teldphone.
If you think you are being followed, whether you are driving or walking, don't go home. Go to a public place, or the police station.
When driving your car
Before you get into the car, check inside to make sure no one is hiding on the floor or on the back seat.
Before you park, find a parking lot that is busy and well lit.
While you are driving, keep the doors locked and the windows up so that no one can grab you.
Do not give rides to hitchhikers, it just isn't safe.
Check a map and plan your route ahead of time, so you won't get lost and have to stop for directions.
If you see an accident or car broken down, do not stop. Use your cell phone or stop at the nearest pay phone to call for help.
Keep up on the car maintenance so you don't break down.
Keep these items in your car at all times Flashlight, flares, flat tire repair, blankets, empty gas can, first-aid kit. Spare tire with working jack and know how to use it.
In your Home
Check to see who is at the door, before you open it.
Do not put your full name on the mailbox or in the phone directory, especially if you are a woman living alone.
Have good locks on all of the doors and windows, and use them.
Find a neighbor you can trust to help you in an emergency.
If a stranger comes to the door and asks to use the phone, do not let them in your home. Offer to make the call for them.
Did you know that some houseplants are poisonous if swallowed or chewed?
Keep these plants out or your home. Azalea, Cherry boughs, Dieffenbachia, Laurel, Mistletoe, Philodendron, Rhododendron, Rhubarb, Poinsettia. Check with your local nursery, or online, before buying houseplants to make sure they are safe.
Store all cleaning products on high shelves, out of children's reach.
Teach your child personal safety tips every day, not to scare them, but to help keep them safe.