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Posted on: November 22, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Holiday Safety Reminders

Holiday Safety Reminders

Schertz Police Offers Holiday Safety Tips 

The holiday season is an opportune time for potential criminal activity such as theft and robberies. Schertz Police Department would like to remind everyone of some holiday safety tips you can take to protect yourself, your family, and your property.  

While Shopping 

  • Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you 
  • Try to avoid shopping alone; there is safety in numbers 
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash 
  • Be alert, criminals look for "high-dollar store" shopping bags with your purchases 
  • Watch your belongings if eating in mall food courts 
  • Have your car keys ready in hand before leaving stores 
  • Keep your purchases out of sight and stored in the trunk 
  • Park in high-visibility areas 
  • Shop early and leave early to avoid evening darkness 

At Home 

  • Keep your home well-lit with doors locked and curtains closed 
  • Don't display gifts beneath the Christmas tree that can be seen from windows or doors 
  • After the holidays, don't advertise the gifts you've received by posting on social media or placing boxes out for trash collection 
  • Leave a radio or television on so the house seems occupied 

If Traveling 

  • Get an automatic timer for your lights 
  • Ask a neighbor to watch your home, collect mail, and park in the driveway 
  • Ask to have your newspaper delivery stopped 
The Schertz Police Department would like to encourage residents if you see something, say something, and notify the police department by contacting the non-emergency phone number at (210) 619-1274. In case of emergency, call 9-1-1. 

Put a Freeze on Winter Holiday Fires 

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. 

Picking the tree  

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.   

Placing the tree  

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk. 
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.  
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.  
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.  

Lighting the tree  

  • Use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use. 
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.  
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.  
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed. 

After Christmas  

  • Properly dispose of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home, garage, or placed outside against the home. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.  

Important Facts

  • Almost one third of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.  
  • Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. 
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes more than one in every five of the fires. 

Source: NFPA Research

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