- Thursday May 24th, 2012 :: 04:04 p.m. EDT
Memorial Day Weekend Safety Tips from Public Safety
As we all know, Memorial Day weekend is upon us. We here at The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety want this weekend to be safe and enjoyable for you all and your families. Here are a few tips from Public Safety to help make your weekend both fun and safe:
Safe Driving: If you are going to be taking extended trips to see friends and family this weekend, please remember to exercise caution when driving for extended periods of time. Research shows that a driver who has been awake 20 or more hours is at high risk of falling asleep. Travel at times when you are normally awake, and stay over-night rather than driving straight through. Make sure that you wear your seatbelt and, if traveling with children, that they are properly secured with the appropriate restraint device.
Drinking and Driving: If you are going to drink over the weekend, do not drive. Enforcement statewide will be increased during the holiday weekend to enforce DUI laws and ensure that everyone can have a safe weekend. Fatalities resulting from drunk driving are also more likely on holiday weekends due to the excessive amount of traffic on our state’s roadways.
Home Security: If you are going to be away from home this weekend, please remember to secure your home and other items of value to deter a potential burglary. If possible, have a neighbor you trust or close friend or family keep an eye on your home while you are gone. If you reside within the City limits, you can also stop by our headquarters building located at 1320 Middleton St and request a property check form for your residence. This will enable Public Safety to periodically check your residence for problems while you are gone and notify you if something occurs.
Vehicle Security: Theft from automobile crimes can be easily deterred by simply making sure your vehicle is secured and in a well lit, visible area. Also, be sure to remove all visible items of value from your vehicle before you leave it unattended to deter theft (for example: cell phones, GPS devices, purses or computers). These crimes are crimes of opportunity, so every step to take to remove it greatly increases your chances of avoiding a theft from your vehicle.
Fire Safety: A great part of the Memorial Day weekend is cooking and grilling. Remember to keep an eye on all your food if cooking indoors and to clean and inspect your grills if cooking outdoors. Cook a safe distance from vegetation and structures and dispose of all charcoal, wood or coals safely.
Again, on behalf of The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety; I would like to wish everyone a very happy Memorial Day weekend. Please help us keep everyone safe this weekend by taking these safety tips in mind and enjoy your time with your family and friends.
Chief Wendell Davis
Orangeburg Department of Public Safety
1320 Middleton St
Orangeburg, SC 29115