It’s easy to get caught up in all the madness that comes with the Holiday season. In all the chaos that surrounds Christmas, don’t forget that accidents and thefts occur particularly more during this season so it is vital to be careful. These 5 tips are just general tips that you should take into consideration this year to keep your home safe:
Before putting up the long awaited Christmas lights, make sure you are checking for broken bulbs and that you replace burnt out lights. You also want to make sure you aren’t leaving your lights on for too long. So before you leave for work or go to bed, it would be best to turn off your lights despite the urge not to. In terms of deciding between incandescent and LED lights, your best bet would be to opt for the LED lights even if they will cost you a little extra. They last longer and are more energy efficient, but just make sure not to connect more than 3 strings of light together.
Although it may seem like common sense, it’s important to be wary of your Christmas decorations so that there is no risk of causing a fire. I know for me personally, I love to leave my candles burning especially during the Holiday season. There’s just something about Christmas and the Holiday season that just inclines you to burn those candles forever or just cozy up by the fireplace. It’s easy to overlook, but it’s vital to keep in mind potential fire hazards and be smart about it. Do not place your tree or any decorations near candles or the fireplace that can cause a fire. Additionally, if you own a pet make sure you don’t leave exposed wires and outlets in accessible places especially if your little one is the type to chew up everything. And as always you should have a fire extinguisher nearby as a precaution in case one of these accidents do end up happening.
The Holiday season inevitably causes people to use more electricity than they normally would. However, make sure that with all the lights and other Holiday decorations that you aren’t overcrowding your electrical outlets, as this can be a fire hazard as well. It really depends on how much power you are using and if you’re going over the maximum amount that an extension allows. So make sure you are researching all of this before deciding to place a whole bunch of plugs into one outlet.
If you’re one of those people who go out and get a real Christmas tree, make sure you keep it fresh by watering it daily. An old tree is more prone to fire and accidents, so if you’re like Phoebe from “Friends” it would be best to try and think about you and your family’s safety first before feeling too sorry for the older trees. Do not leave your tree with the lights on unattended since real trees are far more prone to fires than artificial ones.
Last but definitely not least are home burglaries. Home robberies actually increase during the Holiday season, so if you’re planning on going away on a vacation to take a break from the cold then you should definitely make sure your belongings are protected. You can read more about keeping your home safe while you are away here. To be brief, make sure your home does not look unoccupied and that you have some sort of security system so you are able to have access to your home while you are away. You don't want this joyous time of year to be ruined by coming back from vacation to find that your house has been broken into.
So there you go! 5 tips that are easy to overlook, but vital to the safety of your home and family. The holiday season is all about spending time with loved ones and appreciating the things we have in our lives. We don’t want to risk losing any of those things that we hold near and dear to our heart. I hope this post was a refreshing reminder of ways to help keep this time of year a jolly one!