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Are you looking for the best ways to keep your home safe this holiday season?
The holidays are an especially vulnerable time for both home invasions and household hazards such as fires. Not only do many families choose to vacation during the holiday season, but December is also notorious for electrical fires.
Fortunately, protecting your home doesn’t have to be significantly time consuming or expensive!
If you’re looking for simple yet effective ways to protect your home and family this holiday season, you’re going to want to read this. We’re sharing our ten best holiday home safety tips that each and every homeowner can practice.
While the thought of placing your Christmas tree at a window for all to see, it’s not always the best option in terms of safety.
After all, a burglar surveying the neighborhood for potential victims is likely going to be drawn to a home displaying their Christmas gifts. From the perspective of a burglar, the selection of presents located ever so close to a window may be enough to lure them in.
Instead, be sure to place your Christmas tree away from the visibility of the outside world. While it may not sparkle from the outside, rest assured that you’re helping to protect yourself.
While most home invaders simply enter the home through the front door, the window is another common point of entry.
For peace of mind and added security, the addition of a window lock can significantly help to deter your home from burglars. This is especially beneficial for ground-level windows as well as any significant large windows.
Installing a window lock is a simple and affordable solution to preventing home invasions.
The holidays are a fantastic time to take advantage of a hot, blazing fire.
During this time, it’s essential to ensure that your furnace and chimney are in good and working order. Before you light up the fire for the holiday season, be sure to have a professional inspect your both your furnace and your chimney.
In doing so, they may have to sweep the chimney and clean out the air ducts. It’s also a good time to ensure that all of your smoke detectors are working and have updated batteries.
One of the most joyous parts of the holiday season has to be the presence of the Christmas tree.
That being said, there’s no denying that a Christmas tree has the potential to be a significant fire hazard. In fact, according to the US Fire Department, December is the worst month for electrical fires.
One way to help make your Christmas tree more fireproof is to use LED lights. Unlike other types of bulbs, these bulbs stay cool and are therefore safe to use with your Christmas tree.
If you have an extra key hidden underneath a flower pot or behind your garden gnome, you’re going to want to rethink your strategy.
Instead, provide an extra key to a friend, family member or trusted neighbor.
Unfortunately, the majority of hidden areas that homeowners tend to hide the keys are common sense. While a simple location makes it easy for the homeowner to remember the location and access it, it’s relatively simple for seasoned home invaders to spot these hidden places.
In the event that you feel someone may have entered your residence or workplace, it’s always best to have a strategy in mind for dealing with the situation.
A simple product such as a door sleeve can help to keep outside invaders from entering your room. This product works by placing the sleeve over the door closer arm. In turn, this prevents the invader from being able to enter that room at all.
It’s safe to say that this is the perfect tool for an emergency intruder situation. To learn more about this product, visit Fighting Chance Solutions.
If you plan to travel this holiday season, be sure to enlist the help of a friend or neighbor to maintain your home.
The idea is to give the impression that you are home even when you are not. This may include:
This person can also help to keep a simple eye on your home while you’re gone and report any suspicious activity. If you plan to be gone for a while, you may want to ask them to visit inside of your home once each week.
Did you know that approximately 74 percent of burglars enter through the home’s front door?
During the rush of the holiday season, it can be easy to leave the home without locking the door. Even leaving for brief stints of time requires ensuring that each and every door is locked.
Remember, most burglars survey their victim’s home beforehand so they are aware of your schedule.
One of the most common reasons in which the frequency of home invasions increase during winter is the early setting of the sun.
With the darker evenings, burglars can take advantage of sneaking around residential areas.
To help combat this, install motion sensor lights around your home. Common areas include the front door, back door and near any major windows. Once the light suddenly illuminates the burglar, it gives the burglar the impression that somebody is now watching them and it’s time to split.
These lights are easy to install and relatively wallet-friendly!
Lastly, be sure to resist the temptation to post your holiday plans online.
While we live in a world in which friends and family like to stay connected, it’s best to avoid publically displaying your whereabouts.
These days, various individuals online have access to your profile and have the necessary technology to track where your posts are coming from. If a burglar has concrete evidence that you will be away from your home during that specified period, they are more likely to take advantage.
While we should certainly strive to protect our home and our family year-round, this is especially important during the holiday season.
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy for simple safety measures to slip our mind.
Fortunately, these holiday home safety tips and tricks will help to remind us how to keep our home and family as safe as possible. From placing the Christmas tree away from windows and purchasing LED lights to install motion sensor lights and keeping our travel plans offline, these simple tips are a great place to start.
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