Top 12 tips for a safer Christmas

1. Safe as Houses:

  • Make your home look occupied in the darker evening
  • Consider fitting an alarm
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Don’t leave presents or their boxes and packaging on view
  • Make sure your insurance cover is adequate

2. Getting there:

  • Keep visible at night
  • Don’t drink and drive
  • Make sure you are not over the limit the morning after going out
  • Check your car and bike are safe for winter conditions

3. Care for your car:

  • Never leave your car unattended when defrosting it
  • Don’t leave valuables on display
  • Think about security when parking your car
  • Consider fitting safety screws to your number plate

4. Party on!

  • Walk away from signs of trouble – you don’t want to end up in a police cell or hospital
  • Look after each other – especially anyone who has too much to drink or taken other drugs
  • Don’t accept drinks from strangers or leave your drink unattended
  • Don’t ruin the night with too much alcohol

5. Say no to Domestic Abuse:

Choose freedom from abuse:

6. Fire Safety:

  • Check your Christmas tree lights are safe and don’t leave them on when you’re out
  • Test your smoke alarms
  • Never use a chip-pan after drinking alcohol. More information can be found at the Safe 4 Winter website.

7. Money Matters: Don’t get bitten!

  • Don’t become a victim of Loan Sharks; join the Credit Union to help secure your financial future
  • Contact the National Loan Shark 24/7 confidential hotline on 0300 555 2222 or call Stockport Credit Union on 0161 430 5808

8. To Good Health!

If you’re drinking and want to keep feeling good:

  • Before you go out or include a meal as part of your night out
  • Space your drinks with soft drinks or water
  • Know your limits
  • For support with Drug & Alcohol problems visit the Stockport Drugs and Alcohol website or call 0161 474 3141

9. No Offence:

  • Greater Manchester Police will be targeting known offenders, leaving criminals with nowhere to hide this Christmas

10. Coming home safe:

  • Pace your drinks
  • Stay with your friends
  • Plan how to get home safely – take a taxi you can trust
  • Remember:  alcohol and drugs affect your judgement
  • Make it a night to remember and not regret

11. Don’t get robbed:

  • Don’t advertise you’re valuables to criminals
  • Keep to well-lit and busy areas
  • Download the ‘Where’s Yours’ mobile phone application

12. Love to give:

  • Don’t buy your children anti-social presents like BB guns or off-road bikes that will get them into trouble
  • Beware of fake goods and websites, and remember that if it’s too good to be true then it probably isn’t true

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