Holiday Safety Tips
Have fun but stay safe during the holiday season.
The Department of Public Safety and Transportation would like to wish the entire Adelphi Community a Happy and Safe Holiday Season.
Please make time for safety and safety will make time for you.
Working together as a community, we will continue to ensure a safe environment for everyone at Adelphi University.
Travel – be sure you have emergency supplies
- Give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going
- Make sure your vehicle is in good repair
- If you drink . . . don’t drive; prearrange a designated driver
- Always use safety belts and child safety seats
- Maintain a safe distance between vehicles (no tailgating)
- Get a good night’s sleep before traveling
- Avoid eating heavy meals, as this can lead to sleepiness
Gift Giving for Children & Youth
- Look for labels with age safety and advice
- Toys that produce loud noises can permanently damage hearing
- For families with children under 3, avoid toys with small parts
- Avoid choking hazards of cords or straps greater than 7 inches
For children under 8:
- Avoid toys with sharp edges and electric toys with heating parts or that must be plugged into an outlet
- Do not allow children under 8 to play with un-inflated balloons or balloon pieces — they can present an aspiration/suffocation hazard.
Kitchen – Keep children, pets, and toys away from cooking areas
- Wear close fitting clothing when near cooking appliances
- Never leave cooking food on the stovetop unattended
- Keep hot foods, liquids, & cords safely away from the edge
Shopping – Awareness is key
- Place all gifts and packages in your trunk or out of sight
- Always be aware of your surroundings
- Park in well lighted areas
- Avoid shopping alone; there is safety in numbers
- Try to use credit or debit cards for purchases to avoid carrying large amounts of cash
- Keep your car doors locked and windows closed
- If you carry a purse or bag, carry it up close to your body
- When shopping online, only use major retailers or reputable websites
- Be sure to protect your credit card numbers and PIN at all times
- Report any lost or stolen credit cards immediately
- Check your credit report at least 3 times per year for unauthorized or suspicious activity
Home – Take gift storage and security precautions
- Keep gifts away from windows
- Practice regular home security such as motion sensor lighting
- If traveling, postpone your mail and newspaper deliveries so your home doesn’t look deserted
- Do not store gifts in vehicles or unsecured areas
Here are some tips you can use to avoid becoming a victim of cyber fraud:
- Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) email.
- Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited email.
- Be cautious of email claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders. Always run a virus scan on any attachment before opening.
- Avoid filling out forms contained in email messages that ask for personal information.
- Always compare the link in the email to the web address link you are directed to and determine if they match.
- Log on directly to the official website for the business identified in the email, instead of “linking” to it from an unsolicited email. If the email appears to be from your bank, credit card issuer, or other company you deal with frequently, your statements or official correspondence from the business will provide the proper contact information.
- Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the email to verify that the email is genuine.
- If you are requested to act quickly or there is an emergency, it may be a scam. Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act impulsively.
- If you receive a request for personal information from a business or financial institution, always look up the main contact information for the requesting company on an independent source (phone book, trusted internet directory, legitimate billing statement, etc.) and use that contact information to verify the legitimacy of the request.
- Remember if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
To receive the latest information about cyber scams, please go to the FBI website and sign up for email alerts by clicking on one of the red envelopes. If you believe you have received a scam email, please notify the Internet Crime Complaint Center and filing a complaint.
For more information on e-scams, please visit the FBI’s New E-Scams and Warnings page.