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Holiday Home Safety Tips
 
The “most wonderful time of the year” is almost here, so it’s time to start thinking about
decorations, festivities, and of course, safety! Home safety is especially important
during the holiday season, when fireplaces are used in full force, trees are festooned
with lights, and almost everyone has brand new, often valuable gifts either recently
purchased and sitting in the car or stashed someplace at home.
 
While the season may be wonderful, it can also be a time of fires, thefts, and accidents
around the home. So, in an effort to keep the season jolly, we’ve come up with a list of
important home safety tips to keep in mind.
 
Prevent Theft
 
The holiday season has always been a notorious time for thefts. People are out doing
their shopping, many for fairly big ticket items and thieves know this. That’s why vehicle
break-ins and home invasions go up during this time. Fortunately, there are steps that
can be taken to help prevent holiday theft from happening to you.
 
1. Don’t provide temptation: If you’re coming from a store or ABM, ensure that your
money is already put away in your wallet or purse. Keep shopping bags in the trunk
of your car when going from store to store, and keep window coverings drawn when
you’re at home.
 
2. Keep cars locked and armed: No matter where you are, or how long you plan to be
away from your car, ensure that doors are locked, windows are up and that your
alarm system is armed. The last thing you want to do is make yourself an easy mark.
 
3. Display decoy gifts: Rather than placing all of your wrapped gifts under the tree,
wrap a few boxes of weighted things, such as phone books, boxes of old shoes, or
other items that have no value in festive paper and place them under the tree. If
thieves break in, there’s a chance that they may take what’s under the tree and
leave, giving them armfuls of nothing and leaving your real gifts hidden away in your
home.
 
Prevent Illness
 
Unfortunately, the holidays can also be a time of illness, due to poor food handling or
the ingestion of poisonous substances. Pets and children are especially susceptible to
getting sick over the holidays.
 
1. Keep holiday plants out of reach, or opt for fakes: Common holiday plants such as
poinsettias, mistletoe and holly can cause vomiting, rash and worse if eaten.
 
2. Ensure proper food storage and handling practices: Holiday buffets and parties are more likely to result in illness than other meal occasions. This is because people tend to leave foods out longer than they should. While a punchbowl filled with eggnog might sound like a good idea, this egg and dairy-based beverage should remain refrigerated at all times. For all other buffet foods, be sure to observe the
two hour rule, and never let foods sit out beyond those two hours.
 
Prevent Fires
 
Fire prevention is always at the top of the home safety list when the holidays roll
around. Here are a few ways to prevent this all too familiar holiday tragedy.
 
1. Check your lights: Whether being placed on a fresh or artificial tree, light strings
should always be checked prior to application. Go beyond simply looking for burned
out bulbs and check for frayed or cracked cords and loose connections as well.
 
2. Sound the alarm: This is a great time of year to give your smoke and CO detectors a
test.
 
3. Make an appointment: If you haven’t done so already, now is the perfect time to
schedule a furnace maintenance appointment. This not only ensures that your
home will be comfortable for the holiday season, but it also helps to prevent any
potential CO hazards in your home. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule
your appointment.
 







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