Stay safe this shopping season

Published 8:13 am Thursday, December 4, 2014

With a new month comes a new Do 1 Thing tip. This month we will be focusing on first aid.

An emergency can happen at any time and any place. Many public places have a first aid kit, oxygen, or an AED (automated external defibrillator) to treat people. These items can only save lives if someone knows how to use them. Actions you take in the first few minutes after an injury or other medical incident may save someone’s life.

This month we will discuss what you can do while waiting for the ambulance, first aid kits and first aid training, including first aid for pets.

It has been a great year discussing these tips with the readers.

We, your Michigan State Police and the Do 1 Thing program, hope you have picked up some fresh ideas and have prepared. I have heard from many citizens and have received positive comments about this program. One friend even bought a generator for the home because he didn’t think about it until reading the article. Positive feedback like this lets us know you are preparing for emergencies and disasters. Thank you.

Along with the beginning of December comes the shopping season. The next few weeks I will be discussing some shopping safety tips.

First off, try to shop in groups, and park in well-lit well-trafficked areas around stores and malls. Make sure you’ve got your keys ready as you head out to the parking lot and keep packages out of plain view. Placing items under a blanket or in the trunk are both good ideas.

If you’d rather shop from home, make sure you’re only going to websites of companies you know and trust, and make sure those sites are secure. You should also update your anti-virus software, and avoid emails offering cut-rate prices.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


Any questions or comments email me at or call 269-683-4411.