The holiday season is a special time for families in the home. With decorating, baking and wrapping presents together, winter can be warmer in the home than any other season. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we can sometimes overlook safety in the home, which can easily turn a wonderful season into a stressful one. With these three safety tips, you can keep your home safe for the holidays with just a few simple precautions.
• Stay Secure
Many vandals and career criminals know that the holiday season is a windfall for expensive gifts and electronics. Be extra vigilant when it comes to locking doors and windows when you leave the house and at night. Even during the day it’s a good idea to be cautious and take note of anything suspicious in your neighbourhood. Keep an eye on your neighbours’ homes, especially if you know that they will be out of town for the holiday season.
• Be Aware
It’s probably not ideal to leave a large pile of wrapped gifts in a visible area of your home, as these may entice burglars or people who are casing your neighbourhood to break in. Be aware of any known scams that are happening in your area as well. Criminals sometimes pose as delivery people or service people in order to gain access or knowledge about homes. The same idea is used in charity scams where criminals go door to door to collect support for a charity, only to pocket the proceeds. Always ask for proper identification before talking with anyone, or don’t open your door to strangers at all.
• Double Check
Your decorations have been sitting in storage for nearly a year. Before you mount those lights, be sure to thoroughly inspect them for loose or frayed wires, which can start a fire. Always ensure that your tree is well-watered so that it remains lush and green instead of drying out, which can also pose a fire-hazard. It’s also a good idea to secure your tree and double-check it to prevent children, pets or the elderly from being hurt or knocking it over.