Tips for the Holidays – From a 911 Operator

bio-picBy Kori David, guest blogger

As we head into Thanksgiving, we here at the 911 Centers (around the country) are preparing for our potlucks and the craziness that normally takes over Turkey Day and Black Friday. It’s a fun time for most, a hard time for some, and for thieves, it’s their Christmas shopping time—in your cars and your homes. I’ve shared with good friends some advice over the years that I have gleaned while being a First, First Responder and now I will share it with you.

#1 – When you visit your family (especially, when you know it’s going to be a difficult visit), please leave all guns, knives, razor blades and other weapons at home. You will be tempted to stab someone and crimes of passion are easier to believe if you didn’t come armed in the first place.

#2 – Remember the thieves I was talking about? Don’t leave your purses, wallets, laptops and other valuables locked up in your car. Yes, it’s locked, but they can be in and out of your vehicle in under three minutes. Three minutes. It’s going to take you longer to read this article than it does for them to grab your stuff. And while you’re Christmas shopping, DO NOT go back and forth from the mall to your car to drop off stuff in the trunk. Thieves are specifically watching for this so they can fill their trunks with your new goodies!

turkey-tip#3 – Stop deep frying your turkeys under your porch awnings. Seriously—stop. You are going to catch your whole house on fire and then what are going to do? It happens every year, and we take bets on how many houses go up. Go way out into the yard to fry those birds.

These are just a couple of things that I wish I could shout out to everyone during the holidays to help you all have a safe and happy time. I also wanted to share some things I am thankful for as well.

  • I am thankful that I am on duty to help when your worst day happens. It’s why I do what I do.
  • I am thankful that I cannot see, smell, or have to touch the bad guys! Especially, when they vomit or are covered in urine or worse, because that’s just gross and I’m a sympathetic puker.
  • I am extremely thankful for my kids and husband who understand that I have to work the holidays because that’s what I signed up for when I decided to be a public servant. Nights, weekends and holidays are just part of the package.

Even more, I’m thankful that there is no paperwork between calls. Everything I do goes into the computer and there it stays, and that’s how I’m able to write while at work. I have my personal laptop with me at all times and I write Romantic Suspense stories where the bad guys always lose in the end and love conquers all. Isn’t that what makes the world just a little bit better? I know with the nature of the day job, reading and writing those stories keeps me sane. And if they happen to be hot former Military alpha males, then all the better.

I hope you all have a very safe and happy holiday season and remember the tips!

Kori David has an eclectic personality that translates into both her reading tastes and writing. She’s currently writing Romantic Suspense but that doesn’t mean that at any moment it won’t change to Paranormal Romance or something else. She is a wife and mother and lives in the hottest part of the Southwest with a 10 year old Goldfish, a Greek Tortoise, two snooty cats, and an Australian Shepard that herds them all.

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