BATON ROUGE, LA – Whether setting up Christmas decorations,
shopping for presents, or attending parties – consumers can become distracted
and forget to keep safety first. Attorney General Jeff Landry reminds
Louisiana citizens to stay safe and exercise caution during the holidays.
“It is the time of year when reports of fires, injuries,
thefts, and scams increase,” said Attorney General Landry. “So, I urge
Louisiana consumers to be extra vigilant and secure as they spread Christmas
Attorney General Landry offers the following easy tips to
help keep families safe during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season:
carefully. Do not place Christmas trees near a heat source, like a
fireplace or heat vent. Natural trees should be watered daily and removed from
the home or business as soon as they become dry. Christmas lights should be
inspected for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or
cracked sockets, and excessive wear. Do not overload outlets or connect strings
of lights into extension cords. Make sure candles are in stable holders and
placed where they cannot easily be knocked over. Never leave Christmas lights
on or candles burning when leaving the house or going to bed.
Secure your vehicle. Keep all car doors locked and
windows closed while in or out of your car. Do not leave packages or valuables
in plain sight. If something must be left in car, lock it in the trunk. Park in
well-lit areas and be aware of surroundings when approaching or exiting the
Exercise caution while shopping. Shop during daylight
hours, if possible. If shopping at night is necessary, again park in a well-lit
area. Dress comfortably and avoid wearing expensive jewelry. Do not carry large
amounts of cash. Keep purses and wallets secure at all times. Avoid overloading
of bags or packages. Beware of strangers approaching as con artists may try
various methods of distraction with the intention of stealing. Ask for a
security escort if anything or anyone looks suspicious.
Protect your home. Remember to lock all doors and
windows. Keep the exterior of home well-lit. Do not leave gifts where they can
be seen from outside the residence. Open doors only to people you know and
never allow any unknown person inside your home. If on vacation, have the post
office hold delivery or have a trusted neighbor pick up all newspapers, mail,
and packages daily.
For more consumer tips, visit www.AGJeffLandry.com
or call Attorney
General Landry’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-351-4889.