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5 Holiday Home Safety Tips

5 Holiday Home Safety Tips

  1. Keep your travel plans offline
    • It is always fun to post about where you’re going or where you are, especially when family is involved. Potential burglars also think this is really fun! Save your pictures and posts until after you’re back in town as an extra safeguard to prevent theft.
  2. Notify a neighbor
    • Like a good neighbor, they can keep an eye on your house! Touch base with your neighbors, maybe bring by a plate of cookies to encourage them to keep an eye out while you’re gone. If they know when you’re leaving and returning, they can notify authorities if they see anything suspicious while you’re gone.
  3. Keep gifts and packages out of view
    • Everyone and their moms are buying more gifts online. Thieves love to strike when there’s a delivery or other package left unguarded on the porch. Consider adding a doorbell cam or other outdoor security camera to help deter porch pirates.
    • You probably want to keep gifts out of sight from children, but you also want to make sure gifts are hidden from a potential burglar as well. Putting pretty wrapped gifts under the Christmas tree may look nice, but it’s also an open invitation for a burglar. Try to keep your Christmas tree, with gifts underneath, away from windows or other places with a view. If the Grinch can see it through the window, there may not be a Christmas!
  4. Ladder Safety
    • How many times are you up on a ladder each year? Twice, maybe three times? You may think it’s simple but falls account for nearly half of all traumatic brain injuries.
    • When using a stepladder, make sure all four legs are firmly on the ground, and don’t stand on the top step or on top of the stepladder.
    • Position an extension ladder at a 75° angle.
    • Use ladder pads on the end of extension ladders to prevent slipping.
    • Use a nonconductive fiberglass or wooden ladder when working with electricity.
    • Don’t attempt to hang lights outside or go on the roof after dark.
    • Do not hang lights in the vicinity of power lines.
  5. Holiday Party Safety
    • Clear the snow and ice. Shovel and scrape driveways and walkways before guests arrive.
    • Check porch lights. Make sure all lights are working.
    • Declutter. Check hallways for any tripping hazards.
    • Remember fire safety. Make sure smoke alarms are working, keep a fire extinguisher handy and don’t leave the stove unattended if you’re cooking.
    • Don’t let perishable foods sit out for more than two hours without refrigeration.
    • Communicate with guests. Make sure everyone has a designated driver or arrange for guests to use ride-sharing services to get home. Friends don’t let friends drive buzzed/drunk.

 

There are many more safety tips for the holiday season not listed here. Remember, common sense is not always that common! Please be safe and enjoy the holiday season with your friends and family!