It’s the most wonderful time of year! Everyone is filled with cheer and running around to various holiday parties, shopping, baking cookies, and of course decorating their homes. While we are all busy with holiday festivities, we may overlook a few safety hazards and accidentally make our homes vulnerable to thieves looking to steal holiday loot!
No need to worry! Simply follow these easy home safety tips to ensure your home is safe whether you are here or away for the holidays.
Holiday Fire Prevention
- Be sure to place your tree away from all heat sources and that it has plenty of water. If using an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled “flame retardant”
- Use only 3 strands of lights per extension cord to prevent over heating
- Be sure to unplug the tree lights before leaving your home or going to bed
- Avoid running electrical wires under rugs
- Use flame-less candles on windowsills and mantles rather than real candles
- If using real candles in the home, be sure they are in sturdy holders that are not easily tipped over and keep away from furniture and decor
Holiday Home Security
Away for the Holidays:
- Place a hold on your mail & newspapers or ask a trusted friend or relative to pick up your mail & newspapers. Criminals will look for a pile up to know you are not home.
- Install, update, and activate your home security system. Be sure all windows and doors are locked and secure as well. It is not uncommon for homeowners to forget to turn on their alarm systems, leaving opportunities for unwanted visitors!
- Avoid posting the details of your travel plans on social media. While tempting to share with the world that you will be in Paris for the next two weeks…you are also letting many strangers know that your home is going to be unattended for two weeks.
Home for the Holidays:
- While we love to see those beautiful trees displayed in your front window, be mindful not to leave gifts and other valuables where they are also visible from your windows.
- After the gifts have been open, be sure to not leave the branded boxes on the curb announcing what goodies are inside. Instead, breakdown and turn inside out before bring out to the trash or curb.
- Add timers to your holiday lights (and indoor lights for that matter) to automatically turn on and off at specific times. Also be sure to avoid running any extension cords through windows as it will make them less likely to properly close and great access points for thieves.
I hope you find these tips helpful and bring you peace of mind so you can enjoy this wonderful holiday season!