Category Archives: Holidays

‘Undas’ Safety Tips 2016

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Philippine National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” M. Dela Rosa has issued the following crime prevention tips in preparation for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day next week.

Filipinos prepare to visit public and private cemeteries across the country to pay respects to their dearly departed this weekend.

Dela Rosa advised the public to follow the following tips when leaving their homes for Undas:

  • Lock all doors and windows and ensure all possible paths to the house are blocked; Install a burglar alarm to alert the neighbors if someone breaks in;
  • Do not leave notes outside the house indicating you will be away; keep some appliances like the radio on to give the impression someone is still inside the house;
  • Ask a trusted neighbor to keep watch over your house;
  • Ensure no candle, gas stove or leaking faucet or plugged appliance is left unattended;

While inside the cemeteries:

  • Bring sufficient food and water, and keep in mind that liquor and food sold by vendors inside cemeteries are prohibited. Bring protection against heat and rain.
  • Do not bring deadly or bladed weapons, loud speakers or guitar center’s axe fx ultra which could amplify loud music from stereos, and gambling paraphernalia.
  • Remind children not to roam around especially in crowded areas. Have them wear or bring a form of identification.
  • Keep the surroundings clean and bring your own trash bag to put garbage in.
  • Know where the first aid stations and PNP assistance booth are in case of emergency or need for police assistance.

When traveling:

  • Make sure the vehicle is roadworthy, and follow the “BLOWBAG” rule which is B for Battery; L for Light; O for Oil; W for Water; B for Brakes; A for Air; and G for Gas.
  • Bring all pertinent documents for the vehicle, including the Insurance Certificate.
  • Ensure control of the vehicle at all times. Avoid one-handed driving or using a mobile phone; avoid driving while drunk or sleepy.
  • When driving at night, always use headlights and signal lights. Don’t drive when you have poor eyesight.
  • Don’t wear jewelry or bring large amounts of money. Keep watch over your mobile phone.
  • Do not bring too many items.

Text and image credit: People’s Tonight, October 25, 2016 online and print issue

How to Keep Safe during the Holiday Season

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While most of the time, people only experience good things during the holiday season, there are also some people who experience sadness and pain because of different reasons. There are times when people will become too engrossed with partying that they will not notice the thing that they leave behind. Here are some tips that can be followed in order to keep safe during the holiday season:

  1. Make sure that all of your items are in a safe place before you mingle with people.
  2. Still remember to lock your doors and double check your windows in order to protect your home.
  3. Keep Flammable items like items from the Famous Smoke shop away from open fire or anything that might ignite.
  4. Communicate with loved ones regularly to ensure each other’s safety.

Keep safe during the holiday season in order to stay happy and strong.

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Your home is your shelter, make it safe this yuletide season

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Sharing this Tips on Public Safety and Women’s Self Defense and Protection from the Philippine National Police

DO’s.

  • Control the key to your residence.
  • Refrain from giving your key to others.
  • Immediately have the lock cylinder changed should you misplace or lose a key.
  • Use strong door chains/bars on outdoor/gates.
  • Lock windows and doors before your retire for the evening.
  • Check visitors before opening the door thru a ‘peephole’ or the window.
  • Turn on the lights if you leave your residence unoccupied at night.
  • Light the paths leading to your house and garage.
  • Let your trusted friend or neighbor check your residence while you are away.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers in your home for easy contact in case of emergency.
  • Use extreme caution if an unsolicited package is delivered to your residence.
  • Report obviously unattended or suspected abandoned vehicles near your place to the police.
  • Know your neighbors. Develop rapport with them and offer to keep an eye on each other’s homes.
  • Install an alarm system to provide additional security to your home.
  • Know your helpers. Check their background and records.

DON’Ts.

  • Do not enter your residence if you sense that an intruder is inside.
  • Do not open the door arbitrarily-check first who the person is.
  • Do not open the door if you are suspicious of someone.
  • Do not allow others to duplicate your keys without your permission.
  • Do not leave a key under the mat, in the mail box or other obvious hiding places.
  • Do not leave the house with all the lights switched off. At least one light should be left switched on for the house to be lighted when nighttime comes.
  • Do not switch the inside light on when answering knocks on the front door after dark.

Other Home Safety Tips are the following:

  • Secure your home. Always keep your doors and windows locked and evaluate the effectiveness of the locks. Never open your door to a stranger.
  • Don’t let a stranger get inside your home to use the phone. Make the call for him.
  • Never admit that you or a neighbor is home alone.
  • Leave outside lights on at night and keep lights on in more than one room.
  • If you receive an obscene phone call, hang up immediately. Don’t react.
  • The area outside your main entrance should be lit properly so that there are no dark portions or shadows where a potential rapist can hide.
  • Ensure that your main door has a peephole so that you know who you are opening your door to. If a stranger is at your door, inquire why he is there and open the door only if you are completely satisfied with his answer.
  • Keep your curtains drawn as far as possible so that people cannot look into your home especially after nightfall.
  • If you are expecting any deliveries or any utility service people, do not open the door to such people. If you must, ensure that the safety chain is hooked in place.

Source: People’s Tonight