Fire Safety Tips for the Holidays

Decorating for the holidays can be an exciting time but with all the added candles, lights, and other decorations around your home, your risk for home fires increases. 

Keep your holidays merry and bright by following these fire safety tips. 

  1. Don’t Overload Your Circuits 

While celebrating during the holiday season, it’s easy to overload your circuits while trying to accommodate cooking appliances, lights, and other holiday decorations. Trying to squeeze all of your devices on one power strip can be hazardous to you and your home. Avoid adding extra lights and devices to a room with large appliances such as your kitchen. Use extension cords and power strips with circuit breakers for an added level of safety.  

  1.  Carefully Inspect Everything 

Your holiday decorations are probably being stored away in boxes for most of the year. Holiday decorations can deteriorate while being stored, causing lights to break or become damaged. Inspect each strand of light, looking for broken or missing bulbs, frayed wires, and damaged plugs. Damaged lights could cause an electric shock or fire when plugged in. 

  1. Water Your Christmas Tree

With candles, lights, and other holiday decorations, your Christmas tree can quickly become a major fire hazard. Usually, shorts in lights and open flame candles are the culprits to tree fires. Along with inspecting your lights, having a well-watered tree is a way to prevent these fires from happening. Remember, when placing your tree, keep it away from heat sources such as radiators and fireplaces. 

  1. Monitor Your Candles 

Everyone loves a festive candle filling their homes with the scent of the holidays. However, during the holiday season, it’s important to be careful with your candles. Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s day are when most home candle fires occur. When burning candles in your home, be sure to keep them at least 12 inches away from flammable objects such as curtains, bedding, books, and furniture. Also, never leave candles unattended and always make sure they are put out before leaving your home or going to bed. 

When celebrating the holiday with loved ones, it can be easy to forget the added risks that are associated with the season. Keep these fire safety tips in mind so you can keep yourself and your family safe while celebrating the holidays. 

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How To Protect Your Home From A Burglary

Did you know burglaries peak during the holiday season?

This time of year, it’s more important than ever to stay vigilant of your home and your valuables. Here are some of the top ways you can protect your home from burglary:

  1. Don’t showcase your wealth too much.

Burglars often look through windows to get a feel for how many valuable things a homeowner or family may possess. Try to keep what’s inside your houses like televisions, toys, or other electronics private by utilizing curtains or window shades.

  1. Keep valuable items like jewelry, personal information, liquor, cash, prescription drugs, and expensive electronics in concealed or lockable places.

These are some of the most highly coveted items in a house break-in. Make sure to keep ultra-valuable things like jewelry and identification paperwork stored away in safes, and keep other valuable items like electronics, liquor, and cash in low-profile places.

  1. Don’t advertise when you’re leaving town to anyone except for those who are close to you.

Burglars often use social media to determine when a family may be out of town. To ensure outsiders have no clue when your house will be unattended, make sure not to advertise this information online.

  1. Know the signs.

Want to know if you’re being targeted? Keep an eye on your home’s surroundings. If something seems out of the ordinary or out of place, take note; burglars may be moving items in your front or backyard to use as a signal to indicate whether or not someone is home.

  1. Take preventative measures.

It may be in your best interest to invest in a home security system. Surveillance cameras for the outdoors and indoors can give you visibility and access to your home when you’re off-site. Owning a pet dog may also ward off any potential invaders!

Keep your home safe and enjoy the holidays this season by following these tips!

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