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Public Safety Offers Tips
For Dealing With Holiday Packages

Date: Dec. 19, 2001
By: Captain Jeff Corcoran
Media contact: Chris Curran, (513) 556-1806
Archive: General News

As the holiday season approaches, many people will be sending gifts and parcels to friends and family across the country. With the recent anthrax incidents in mind, there are some simple steps you can take to make sure your package causes joy and not alarm.

  • Put a return address on all mail and parcels.

  • On parcels, include a phone number with the return address to allow a quick check.

  • Call ahead - let the recipient know they will be receiving a package from you.

  • Do not send envelopes containing items that would create a bulge, lump, or could leak liquids or powders.

  • When packaging materials that might leak a liquid or powder, make sure you pad the box properly, and use a sealed plastic bag to contain any spills.

  • When shipping battery-operated devices, make sure the batteries are removed, or tape the on/off switch securely in the off position.

  • Consult the shipper before you send any hazardous materials, such as flammable liquids or pressurized canisters.

    Tips provided by: Capt. Jeff Corcoran
    University of Cincinnati Police

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