The countdown has started to when jolly old St. Nick will be sliding down our chimneys and bringing cheer to all. The Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to remind the community that amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season there are things that we can do to keep our homes and family safe.
- During the shopping season, keep bags in an area of the vehicle where they are not visible to the possible Grinch walking by.
- Avoid leaving presents in a parked vehicle.
- Lock your residence at all times.
- Let friends or trusted neighbors know when you will be on vacation or out of town.
- Have someone check in on your residence regularly while you are away.
- When on vacation, ensure that you have someone shoveling your driveway and dusting the snow off of your vehicle.
- Place both exterior and interior lights on a timer so it appears as though someone is home.
- Discard packaging of expensive items carefully. Cut up packaging and place it in a garbage bag prior to placing it in the garbage bin. By doing this you are not advertising all of the new items Santa brought you.
- Plan ahead for your night out. When attending a holiday party, ensure you always have a designated driver or arrange for a taxi.
The Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season! ...
The Wood Buffalo RCMP are encouraging motorists to adjust their driving for the ever-changing weather and winter road conditions. Weather conditions can be unpredictable. During the winter months, road conditions can change quickly and often.
Posted speed limits are for ideal road conditions when it is sunny and dry. Collisions can result in thousands of dollars in damage to your vehicle, higher insurance premiums, and even serious injuries or death. Those can all be avoided in many cases, simply by slowing down. Keep a safe distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you to avoid situations where you may have to brake suddenly on a slippery surface.
Some additional tips for safe winter driving:
• As always, buckle up when you get into a vehicle;
• Stay alert. Black ice can look like a new patch of asphalt. Pavement is usually grey-white in the winter;
• Do not use cruise control. Winter driving requires you to be in full control of your vehicle at all times;
• Allow extra time for travelling. Delay your trip if the weather is bad;
• Turn on your lights, even during the day. Regular headlights are brighter than daytime running lights, and also activate your tail lights, making your vehicle more visible to other; and
• Avoid quick or jarring movements. These can cause skidding and loss of control when changing lanes, accelerating or breaking.
Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving conditions: make sure to have proper tires, wiper blades and ensure the lights are functioning properly. In addition to the right vehicle equipment, have an emergency kit on board that contains warm clothes and blankets, candles, non-perishable food items, flares and other warning devices, in the event of the unpredictable. Safe roads are everyone’s responsibility! ...
The Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to remind trick-or-treaters and parents of some safety tips to consider while out for the evening:
- Wear bright colored costumes, or make sure that you have some sort of reflective gear to ensure you can be seen. Carry a flashlight so that you can see and be seen.
- Have a walking buddy, whether it is a parent, a sibling or a friend, make sure you have someone with you.
- Do not go to a house if their lights are out.
- Do not go into a house or a car of anyone you do not know.
- When walking across the street, ensure you look both ways for vehicles and use marked cross walks.
- Use the sidewalk.
- Stay in well lit areas; do not cut through alleys, parking lots, wooded areas or vacant lots.
- Do not eat any treats that have not been checked by your parents first.
- Never eat any home made treats or fruit unless you know where they came from.
- Stay in your own neighborhood and know where there is a safe house you can go to if you need help.
- Start trick or treating earlier so you can end earlier, that way you aren’t out in the dark for as long. ...