With the December holidays quick approaching, the Hoboken Public Security Division, which is made up of the Metropolis’s Police Division, Fireplace Division, Workplace of Emergency Administration, and Emergency Medical Companies (EMS), reminds residents to comply with greatest practices for a protected and wholesome vacation season.

“This may be essentially the most great and joyous time of yr, nevertheless it may also be very harmful if security isn’t on the high of your checklist,” mentioned Public Security Director Ken Ferrante. “There are a lot of straightforward steps and recommendations to take, to make sure the vacations are usually not solely merry and shiny, but additionally wholesome and protected for the entire household.”

Between black Friday, small enterprise Saturday, and cyber-Monday, packages will likely be arriving on doorsteps by the minute making package deal theft a main crime of alternative. The Hoboken Police Division takes this crime severely, and officers have made quite a few arrests associated to package deal theft, however there are precautions residents can take to assist cut back the chance that they fall sufferer to package deal thieves, together with:  

  • By no means buzz in a stranger; the individual you suppose is delivering a package deal may actually be a grinch, seeking to steal what has already been dropped off.
  • Arrange notifications to trace your packages.
  • Look ahead to the storage door or gates to shut behind you earlier than you allow, to ensure nobody sneaks in.
  • Ask neighbors to seize packages in case you aren’t residence when they’re delivered.
  • When touring, don’t publish about it on social media.
  • Place items and packages the place they can’t be seen from the skin.
  • Report any stolen packages and/or vacation decorations.

The Hoboken Fireplace Division encourages residents to take easy steps to remain hearth protected this vacation season. Actual Christmas timber are lovely, however they have to be stored hydrated to make sure they don’t dry out and change into a fireplace hazard. Different tricks to keep hearth protected this vacation season embody:  

  • Examine electrical lights earlier than utilizing and ensure the wiring just isn’t broken or frayed.
  • Think about using battery operated candles even in a Channukah menorah or Kwanzaa kinara. Should you do use actual candles, by no means go away a room with them burning.  
  • Maintain wrapping paper and different flammable supplies away from the fireside and area heaters.
  • Keep in mind kitchen security and don’t go away the room when cooking on the stovetop.

EMS calls enhance throughout the vacation season. The Hoboken EMS and Volunteer Ambulance Corps recommends maintaining the ambulance away by maintaining a watch out for meals allergic reactions and meals poisoning. Different suggestions embody:  

  • Refrigerate leftovers correctly.  
  • Wash surfaces touched by uncooked poultry and meats.  
  • Be additional cautious when adorning and have a spotter when on a ladder to keep away from falls.  
  • Maintain small toys and elements away from the youngest revelers to keep away from choking hazards.
  • Go gradual and listen when utilizing knives within the kitchen.

The Workplace of Emergency Administration (OEM) recommends turning off the water provide to your own home in case you are touring for an extended time period. This may stop intensive water injury and dear repairs. Be certain that your own home stays heated to forestall pipes from freezing.  

Get vacation well being and security suggestions all through the season by following all public security divisions on twitter at: @HobokenPD, @HobokenFD, @HobokenOEM, and @Hoboken_EMS.  

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