The Scams of Christmas

“Help Me Get Home for Christmas”  Scammers will try to take advantage of you over the holidays Travelers are easy targets for scammers. If you take packages to your car at the mall, move the car and park in another space.  Thieves will be watching you. Not everyone is honest about where you donate your…

Gift Purchasing and Fraud

Use direct deposit. The mail-both incoming and outgoing-can be vulnerable, especially during the holidays when criminal activity is heightened. Do not give personal information over the phone or internet to an unfamiliar company or caller. Pay the safest way. Many seniors enjoy the convenience of online holiday shopping.  Use a credit card as your payment…

Decorations

Use only non-combustible of flame-resistant materials. Wear gloves to avoid eye and skin irritation while decorating with spun glass “angel hair.” When using artificial snow sprays follow container directions carefully to avoid lung irritation. Remove all wrapping papers, bags, ribbons and bows from the tree and fireplace area after gifts are opened.

 

Safety tips for the Holidays

Candles Make sure candles are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked over Trees Check the label on the artificial tree saying “Fire Resistant” Live trees should be fresh and well watered. The trunk of a fresh tree is sticky, and when tapped on the ground the tree should not…