The holidays are a wonderful time of year to enjoy family, friends, and memory making together. With the frivolity and merriment also comes some increased risks. Here are a number of easy ways to reduce the risk of home safety hazards during these wonderful times.
Most of the increased risk comes from three main sources, increased weather risk, fire risk and home security risk.
With these 4 simple winter weatherization tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of weather related issues.
- Swap out screens for storm windows, and be sure to seal gaps around doors and windows with weather stripping.
- Clean up debris around the landscape of your home as well as the roof.
- Check all exterior vents and be sure they’re closed.
- Drain all remaining water from outdoor faucets or sprinkler systems to protect your pipes from freezing.
While Christmas trees increase the risk of a fire in the home, they are not the only thing. There are actually a number of things to do to help reduce risk.
Live Christmas Tree Tips
- Water your tree sufficiently
- Check Christmas lights for worn wires
- Dispose of your tree promptly
Did you know that by doing those three things you reduce the risk of a fire with your tree significantly?
Heating / Cooking Tips
- Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen
- Check to make sure you have a smoke alarm AND carbon monoxide alarm
- Cook high risk items (like Deep Fried Turkeys) outside and away from structures
- Stay right with what you are cooking. Unattended cooking is a major cause of holiday fires
- Avoid hanging holiday decorations near heat sources
- Turn off lights or use a timer while you are gone
- Avoid running lights through a door or window, where cords can fray and create sparks.
- Avoid plugging too many cords into one outlet.
- LED lights are a great choice. They are more cost efficient and generate less heat and thus fire risk.
With a few tweaks to your routine, you can reduce the home security risks that are common during the holiday season.
- As mentioned above, using a timer for lights gives the appearance of someone being home.
- Avoid mentioning your holiday travel plans on social media.
- When possible, be home to receive online purchases. When not possible, consider using a doorbell monitor like RING or similar device.
- Be sure to securely lock doors and windows while you are gone. It sounds simple, but it works!
These 20 Holiday Home Safety Tips are just a few of the ways to help insure that you have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season.