personal safety tips during yuletide

The festive period of Christmas and the subsequent new year is here again. This season which seems to be one of the most celebrated seasons all over the world is always accompanied by holidays.

The Nigerian central government always declare public holiday to enable citizens especially the civil servants celebrate with their loved ones.

As thrilling and enjoyable yuletide season may be, there is no doubt that it is being accompanied by a lots of atrocities which includes but not limited to kidnapping, armed robbery attack on travelers on highways, and different forms of insecurity operations.

In fact during the yuletide period, a lot of things happen and one needs to be careful to be safe. Preparing for the holidays involves more than just making meals, buying gifts and booking your travel plans or getting ready for visitors. It also involves taking steps to ensure you and your loved ones are safe and sound.



Here are basic tips to ensure your safety and that of your family and loved ones during this season.


Beware of your surroundings

Where ever you may be during this season, pay attention to your surroundings, stay alert, keep your phone safe and don’t be distracted by things around you at the expense of your safety. Sometimes, it is easy to get lost in our little worlds when we’re out and about; be sure to stay alert and keep an eye out for anything that doesn’t feel safe or makes you feel uncomfortable.


Control your alcohol intake

Drink-driving puts everyone on the road in danger, both the driver, passengers and even the pedestrians. This is particularly worrisome during the festivities when there is heavy traffic on the road. It is therefore important to protect oneself and other motorists by not drinking and driving. With festive spirits high, don’t be tempted to drink above your normal gauge. Alcohol can cloud your ability to make good judgements, and it can put you in an extremely vulnerable position while on road and elsewhere.


Control your social media posts

It’s too appalling that nowadays, almost everybody do updates their daily activities on social media, this is the period when moderation is necessary, especially with the rising spate of insecurity plaguing the country. If you’re planning to travel this season, don’t broadcast it to the world; you don’t know who is watching you. Do not post where you are going on social media or when you will be back. Disclosing your travel plans and other personal plans on the internet could be an invitation to burglars to raid your house. However, it is advised that you keep your privacy to yourself. The whole world should not know that you are travelling to your village on a particular day.


Avoid walking through dark pathways

Walk in open spaces and areas that are well-lit and be conscious and cautious. Don’t stay out late in December and Christmas period like you do most other times of the year. Don’t take shorter but dangerous routes because you want to cut your journey short. It may take longer, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Inform your neighbour or close associate if you’re travelling, and make sure that you travel with a known or registered transit company.

If you’re planning to travel during the holiday, be sure to tell a trusted neighbour. Ask the neighbour or your close associate to help you watch over your house and report any strange activity to you. Make your house look as if someone is at home and tell your trusted neighbour about your movement so they can easily detect if anything goes wrong.


Be mindful of where and how you park your vehicle(car).

Park and lock your car in a secure and well-lit areas. If you think you are being followed, don’t stop until you find a crowded area. If you’re extremely concerned, go to the nearest police station or call the police. Do not make your way home until you are sure you are safe. With so many people travelling for the holidays, your vehicle’s safety is paramount.


Don’t hang out with strangers

The social media and the internet age has allowed us to meet and connect with new people and friends of different backgrounds both from near and afar. Because of the fear of the unknown, one should have a second thought on hanging out with newly-met friends at this time. Dates could be inviting and destructive. Weigh your options very well before hanging out with someone you just met via social media platforms.


Beware of what you eat

This festive period is always accompanied with a lot of cooking and eating of food. However, to this effect, it is of ultimate paramount that we handle the food we eat with care to avoid unnecessary contamination.

Ensure you wash your hands often, especially when preparing food. Use different cooking utensils and cutting boards for cooked and uncooked meats to avoid contamination. A consumer advocate, advised that meat should be well cooked. Store food in the refrigerator within two hours after eating.


Within this period too, it’s so hard to eat healthy foods when you are surrounded by so much them. While it’s okay to indulge sometimes, those holiday goodies can easily pack on the pounds and make you feel lethargic and oversaturated.

Do not allow yourself to be carried away by the temptation of  testing the numerous available dishes within your rich. But try taking slow bites of smaller portions, focusing on the taste, texture and aroma for maximum enjoyment.

Food intake can still be disciplined even during the festivities. This is important because overeating can easily make someone ill and all the fun and thrills associated with the yuletide will be lost.



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