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Posted on: December 18, 2021

Holiday Safety Tips

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While this may be the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also a great time of year to remember these basics for personal and home safety!

  • STAY ALERT.  Whether in a store, parking lot, or neighborhood, be sure to pay close attention to your surroundings as you are walking around. Always keep your shopping bags, purse, wallet, and other valuables secure and out of sight.
  • FIREWORKS.  It is illegal to buy, sell, or light fireworks of any kind in Hutto city limits and within 5,000 feet outside city limits. This is a misdemeanor and may result in a citation. If you have any fireworks concerns or questions, please call the Hutto Police non-emergency number at 512-759-5978.  If you’re lighting fireworks in an area where it is legal, only do so outside on a flat surface far from homes or buildings.
  • SHINE A LIGHT ON CRIME. Keep your home’s exterior lights on at night, every night.
  • DRIVE SMART.  Plan ahead to get home safely after holiday celebrations. Consider carpooling or using a ride share service.
  • FIRE SAFETY.  If you have a real Christmas tree, help prevent fires by watering the tree daily, turning off the tree lights when you’re sleeping or away from home, and disposing of the tree promptly after the holidays. Also, the holidays are when most cooking fires happen! The best ways to prevent a cooking fire are to:
    1. Stay with the Stove.  Don’t leave the kitchen when you have food cooking on the stovetop, especially using grease/fat. If you must step away, take something with you from the kitchen (like a utensil or oven mitt) to remind you to quickly return.
    2. Use a Timer. It’s easy to get distracted while you’re cooking, especially during hectic holidays. Always use a timer every time you cook.
    3. Ensure your smoke alarms are working. Push the test button on all alarms every month. Change the batteries at least once a year. And replace all smoke alarms every 10 years.

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