It is the most wonderful time of the year again! As we all get ready for the holidays, I thought I would write some quick tips about holiday safety for every homeowner to remember. This article is broken into two parts, the first is about protecting the home as a whole and the second is about small things to protect the interior of the home. Now, let's get into these tips.
Home break-ins are a very real and scary fact that every homeowner is aware of. And although it is scary, there are many good ways to defend your home. And no, you don't have to throw paint cans over the banister like Kevin in Home Alone. One of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent home break-ins is installing a security system. Homes without a security system are 300% more likely to be burglarized than homes with alarm systems according to alarms.org. There are many different kinds of home security systems that we recommend, but the thing they all have in common is that they are all smart systems. This means that you will be able to view cameras, check if doors are open, or even arm your system from anywhere. For just a few of the ones we recommend, check out our smart home article.
With the rise of this kind of crime growing, it is more important now to have one of these. I am talking about package stealing. Package stealing is a kind of theft that has become very popular since digital purchasing has grown. Last year, 11 million homes had packages stolen and predictions are that it will be worse because of the increase in online shopping due to the pandemic. One of the ways to prevent package stealing is using a smart doorbell. These doorbells alert you when there is movement at your doors and allows you to even talk to the person. Ring and Nest doorbells, along with others, are great doorbells for preventing a thief from taking your packages.
While you are out of town visiting family, your home is susceptible to burglary. To prevent it further than just having a security system, you can do a couple of things to protect your home while you are away. The first thing you can do is have someone you trust watch your home. This is an easy way to get updates and having someone checking on your home will deter any watching burglars. If someone is not available, you can install automatic lights so that there is an illusion that you are home. Most importantly, never post pictures on social media while you are out of town. This lets virtually everyone know that you are not at home.
The staple tradition during Christmas and the holidays are the family meals. That being said, the #1 cause of house fires in America is leaving food that is cooking unattended. Making sure to be mindful of your cooking is extremely important in preventing fires. One easy way to do this is by setting timers on your smartphone or watch so that even when you leave the room, you will still be reminded of the cooking food.
Another big fire hazard is trees. Despite being beautiful, Christmas trees are extremely flammable and cause around 200 house fires every year. In order to prevent this, trees must not be anywhere near fires, heaters, or any other heating source. This is a huge cause of tree fires. Another thing is making sure trees stay well-watered. If there are animals, purchasing a stand cover or stand designed to keep animals from drinking is very handy. If you will be out of town much, consider purchasing an artificial to achieve the looks without the risk of it catching fire. Tip: Cutting a couple of inches off the bottom of a tree allows the tree to absorb more water which will make it last longer, stay greener, and prevent fires.
The last thing to remember is to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Being aware of the symptoms and monitoring you are your family is one of the best ways for keeping your family safe. Having vulnerable loved ones take precautions to ensure their safety is a very smart thing to do.
As we wrap up this article, I would like to highlight the importance of being proactive with keeping you and your family safe. These tips only work if they are in place before an accident, so making sure to have these things completed well in advance is crucial.