Holiday Safety Tips - How to Keep your Home Safe this Holiday Season
Dec. 14, 2015 at midnight
The season of cheer is once again upon us, complete with family, festivities, and food. Along with the fun, there are a few risks that threaten to dampen the mood. Remember to make the most of the holidays by taking a few precautions to stay safe.
Don't Leave Out Big Ladders
If you take to the roof to install a Christmas light display that would make Clark W. Griswold proud, be sure to put the ladder away when you are done. A tall ladder is an invitation to intruders and can also entice neighborhood kids who could get hurt.
Properly Secure All Outdoor Decorations
Neighborhood Grinches like to prey on everything from wreaths to lawn ornaments to giant inflatables. Consider using heavy bolts to anchor decorations and adding some outdoor lights to deter would-be thieves from swiping your gear.
Make Sure Lights Are Timed If Out Of Town
According to a Gallup poll, Americans spend more than $800 a year on Christmas gifts. AAA estimated in 2014 that over 98 million Americans would travel more than 50 miles from home over the end-of-year holidays. That makes for a lot of electronics and toys sitting under the tree unattended while the homeowners are away. You can make your home a less attractive burglary target by setting your lights on timers so crooks may not know you are away.
Make Sure All Smoke Alarms and Detectors Are Working Properly
The holiday mood is set with candles, trees, lights, and paper. All of these are ingredients for a fire. Now is the perfect time to check your smoke alarms and change any dead batteries or replace detectors that are not working.
Keep Your Tree Away From Heaters, Vents, Fireplaces
According to the National Fire Protection Association, Christmas trees are a major source of fuel for a home fire, linked to more than 200 fires per year. Household fires involving Christmas trees are more likely to be serious than other home fires and are three times as likely to cause a fatality. Protect your home and family by making sure your tree is well-watered and placed away from sources of heat like vents and fireplaces.
Use Non-Flammable Decorations
To avoid a fire tragedy from dampening your holiday, switch to non-flammable décor. Artificial Christmas trees are safer than natural ones, but even an artificial tree should be treated with a fire-retardant so keep that in mind when shopping for a tree. Consider switching from open flames to LED lights and avoiding flammable. Keep wrapping paper away from any flames.
A stolen Rudolph the Reindeer lawn ornament is a disappointment. A house fire is a major devastation. These are just a few of the things that can put a damper on your holiday season. Taking a few precautions can go a long way towards making sure you can keep the cheer in a safe holiday season.