by Mayor Tammy

I’m grateful that our community is one of the safest in Idaho. We have a tremendous public safety team, who will be working throughout the holidays, ensuring our safety. We want to work together with you!

Meridian Police are getting the word out to citizens, because they want you to know these holiday safety tips: (Please feel free to share)

  • Slow down, especially when the roads are wet or covered with snow.
  • When shopping keep your purse with you and have your keys ready to open your car when you get to it (keep your hands free of clutter).
  • Place gifts out of sight in your car while shopping.
  • Survey your surrounding when walking to or from your car.
  • Do not leave your packages on your front porch.
  • Get to know your neighbors and look out for one another.
  • Keep a close eye on little ones while shopping.
  • Do not leave vehicles “warming up” unattended.
  • Make plans for a ride home if you plan to drink at holiday events. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,874 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2017, equating to one person killed every 48 minutes.

Click here to learn more about the Meridian Police Department’s Drunk Driving Awareness Enforcement Campaign that kicks off this week.

During the holidays the traffic tends to increase. Because of this, I would urge all of you to have patience with other drivers and remember it’s the season to be MERRY.

When it comes to home safety, the Meridian Fire Department says one quarter of Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems and although these types of fires are not common, when a Christmas tree fire does occur, it can be serious. So here are some tips from the Meridian Fire Department:

  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Following Christmas, if you have a real tree, be sure to dispose of it by taking advantage of Republic Services unlimited trash pickup and tree recycling week, the two weeks following the holiday. Meridian Fire says dried out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.

As I typed the title of this blog, I thought about the importance of being able to live in a safe community. These are two things the Meridian Police and Fire Departments are going above and beyond to provide for us not only over the holidays, but year round – and for that, I am so thankful!

Have a safe, happy, and healthy Christmas and New Year!

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