Summer should be a time for making great memories whether you are at home or traveling. Review these tips as you make your plans.
It’s road repair season. Remember to slow down and pay extra close attention to workers and machinery. Expect the unexpected.
Drive Sober: The weekend closest to the Fourth of July sees the most impaired driving taking place. Don’t be a statistic; drive sober or get pulled over.
Fireworks: Every year thousands of people, especially children, are injured by fireworks. Mixing them with alcohol use is even more dangerous. It is illegal to possess, discharge, or sell fireworks.
Keep Thieves Out
In good weather, people spend more time outdoors and thefts from garages increase.
- Keep your garage doors closed and locked when not in use, including the pedestrian door.
- Put cars, bikes and tools away before going in.
- Do not leave car keys in the vehicle.
- Leave outside lights on all night to discourage trespassers.
Vacation House Check
If you are going on vacation for an extended period, call Westlake PD’s non-emergency number 440-871-3311 to be put on the Vacation House Check. An officer will periodically stop by your home to see that the doors and windows are secure. Take these additional precautions:
- Stop the mail and newspapers, or ask a neighbor to pick them up.
- Leave lights and a radio or TV on.
- Ask your neighbor to keep an eye on your residence for packages or suspicious circumstances.
Staying Safe Away from Home
Don’t display wads of cash. Take only what you need and lock the rest in your hotel room’s safe. Limit yourself to only 1-2 credit cards and call the issuer to advise them of your upcoming travel. Make copies of your passport, driver’s license and credit cards. Use a money pouch that is worn inside the waistband of your shorts instead of a waist pack.
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Make sure your pets have food, water, and shade when outside this summer. Keep them leashed or on your own property. Remember also to pick up your pets’ waste. Your neighbors will be grateful, and you will help keep our water supply safe.
When traveling with your pets, do not leave them in the car while you shop or run errands. Even with the windows open, the interior can become super-heated and be fatal.