Safety Tips for Adults

It is our pleasure to serve the community of Windsor Heights. One of our many roles as a Police Department is to educate and share information with the community.

Here are some links we think you will find helpful, in addition to the information below:

Driving Safety Checklist:

  • Check all your fluid levels before leaving.
  • Good spark plugs and a clean air filter add up to better gas mileage.
  • Check your tires for wear and alignment. Make certain they have equal pressure.
  • These little steps will help you stop quickly without sliding in emergency situations. They will also give you better gas mileage.
  • Get your brakes checked. The time spent getting them inspected may save your life later!
  • Check your cooling system. Make certain your radiator isn't clogged, and all the hoses and belts in your engine are working properly. Be prepared for trouble.
  • Make certain you have a good spare tire, tire changing tools, an extra bottle of water for your radiator, and a flashlight.
  • After a rest stop and at the beginning of each travel day, always walk around your vehicle and check for anything unusual before you resume your trip

Road Construction

Road construction can create frustrating travel delays! Unfortunately, many road works can only be done during periods of guaranteed good weather. That means summer is the main road construction season. Here are some things to remember:

  • Monitor local media for traffic delay information
  • Remember traffic control people (flag persons) working at construction sites are there to make certain everyone gets by safely. Respect them. In B.C., fines are more than double for people who ignore flaggers and speed through construction zones.
  • Plan your trip in advance. The following section tells you how to find information that can help you prepare for possible delays when you're traveling.

Planning your route with up-to-date road information will go a long way toward saving you time, trouble, and reducing stress. So take a minute and access the latest road conditions by any one of the following methods before heading out. We're sure you'll agree - the best route is a planned route.

Everyday Things to Do Now!

  • Get an automatic timer for your lights.
  • Ask a neighbor to watch your home, mow the lawn, and park in the driveway from time to time.
  • Have your mail and newspaper delivery stopped or have a neighbor collect them. If it piles up, it's a sure sign you are gone.
  • If you're out for the evening
  • Turn on lights and a radio or TV so it looks like someone is home.
  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave, even if it's just for a few minutes. Don't display gifts where they can be seen from the outside.
  • If you're attending parties, please don't drink and drive.

If you're shopping

  • Stay alert and be aware of what's going on around you.
  • Park in a well lighted place, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows, and hide shopping bags in the trunk.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; pay with check or credit card whenever possible.
  • Deter pickpockets and purse thieves. Don't overburden yourself with packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry your purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps or unattended in a shopping cart. Put your wallet in an inside coat pocket or front pants pocket.
  • Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a security guard or store clerk if you get separated.

If a stranger comes to the door, beware

Criminals sometime pose as couriers delivering gifts and it's not uncommon for people to take advantage of others generosity during the holidays by going door to door asking for charitable donations when there's no charity involved. Ask for identification and find out how the funds will be used. If you aren't satisfied, don't give. Help a charity you like instead. The Windsor Heights Police Association gladly accepts charitable donations, which are tax deductible to the donor.

For Parents

  • Would your child know what to do if...
  • If he or she got lost at the shopping mall?
  • A nice, friendly stranger offered him or her a ride?
    Do you have a secret word or phrase to be used when someone other than immediate family picks up your child?
  • A baby-sitter wanted to play a secret game that no home would know about?
  • A friend dared him or her to hitchhike?

Start with the basics

Rehearse with your child his or her full name, address, and phone number, including area code, and how to make emergency phone calls from home and public phones. Practice on an unplugged phone.

At home alone

Make sure your child can reach you by telephone, wherever you are. Have your child check in with you at work or with a neighbor when he or she gets home.

Caution your child about answering the phone and accidentally letting a stranger know he or she is home alone. The child should always say that the parents are busy and take a message.

Post important phone numbers near all your home phones:

Police - Fire Department - Poison Control Center - Parent at work - Neighbor

Agree on rules for having friends over or going to someone else's house when no adult is present.

Tell your child never to open the door to a stranger when alone at home. (Consider the height of your child when installing a peep hole in your front door.) Teach your child how to work door and window locks and make sure to use them.

Discuss fun ways to be home alone. For example --- feed pets, read books, or write a letter to a friend or relative.