With such a fast growing region, the people of Saline County take a lot of pride in their community. Often when you walk into the local shops you will likely see a few friendly faces. During demanding and hectic times, it can be the littlest of things that makes our county safer.
From working, shopping, traveling, and spending time with friends and family, the holiday season can be a very busy and stressful time for many Americans. Even with these additional stressors, it’s important to use common sense safety precautions during the holidays and throughout the year.
A new survey from Nextdoor, the free and private social networks for neighborhoods, showed that a majority of people are not taking proper precautions to protect their homes from fire and burglary. According to the survey, conducted by Harris Interactive in Nov. 2012 among 1,910 U.S. adults aged 23 and over, nearly 60 percent of Americans did not follow common sense safety care to protect their homes from burglary, such as:
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), nearly 400,000 burglaries occurred in the U.S. last November and December. Year round, a house, apartment, or condominium in the U.S. is burglarized every 15 seconds. Believe it or not, it’s often the simplest and most obvious precautions that homeowners tend to forget—and which burglars tend to exploit. Here are some common sense safety tips to make sure your home doesn’t become a statistic:
The same survey found that nearly 50 percent of Americans aged 23 and over increased their chances of a home fire because of decorating for the holidays:
Approximately 390 home fires and 21 deaths are caused by either a Christmas tree, holiday lights, or other decorative lighting occur each year according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).
It takes a lot of strength and diligence to become such a close community and it takes us all working in unity to care for our town.