Tips for a safe holiday season

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department has the following safety tips for the holiday season:

Vehicle safety:                                                                                                                                      

  • Park your vehicle in a well-lighted area.                                                                                           
  • Ensure all of your car doors are locked.                                                                                              
  • Hide shopping bags and other valuables in the trunk or out of site.                                       
  • Be aware of your surroundings.                                                                                               
  • Avoid displaying large amounts of cash.                                                                                              
  • Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination as the roadway may be icy.            
  • Do not drink and drive. Designate a sober driver.                                                                   
  • Never text and drive.                                                                                                                
  • Do not leave your vehicle running and unattended.                                                     

Safety at home:                                                                                                                                   

  • Keep candles out of reach of children.                                                                                                 
  • Never burn candles near flammable items.                                                                            
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.                                                                               
  • Do not burn wrapping paper or wreaths in your fireplace.                                                    
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned once a year.                                                     
  • Inspect stringed lighting for fraying. A small fray in the wiring could ignite a fire.                             

Online purchases/deliveries:                                                                                                               

  • Only purchase from trusted websites.                                                                                                  
  • Use a credit card or pre-paid card for online purchases.                                                        
  • If you are making a Craigslist purchase, find a safe location to make the transaction.       
  • If you are expecting a package, tell a trusted neighbor to keep an eye out for the delivery.
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