Feeling secure is important to you. That is why we have created this page to keep you updated on all the ways to keep you and your family safe 365 days a year. From home safety to keeping your personal information safe we have you covered.
Holiday Decorating Safety Tips
One of the reasons the holidays are so much fun is because of the decorations! Who doesn’t like Christmas lights and a big beautiful Christmas tree?!
However, we don’t recommend going all Clark Griswold. Think safety first!
Here are some things to keep in mind when decking your halls for the holidays:
- Check and recheck your holiday lights to make sure they are safe to put around trees outside and in your home.
- Use outdoor lights for outdoor decorating and use indoor lights for indoor decorating.
- Avoid using too many extension cords into power outlets.
- Keep your Christmas trees hydrated and away from heat sources.
- You can also opt for a fire-resistant fake tree instead.
- When hanging lights up high and using a ladder, have someone hold the ladder for you.
- Turn your lights off before you go to bed. Don’t leave them on overnight.
- Don’t forget to blow out your candles before bed.
How To Secure Your Home If Traveling Over The Holidays
If you are traveling over the holidays don’t forget to secure your home before you leave.
Here are some tips to make sure criminals don’t ruin your holiday cheer.
- Lock your windows and doors.
- Fake it! Set your indoor and outdoor lights to a schedule to turn on and off while you are away.
- Consider a home security system, may we suggest SafeTouch Security…
- Don’t post on social media that you are away on vacation. Criminals can be very social media savvy.
- Put your valuables away or hide them.
- Stop newspaper and mail delivery.
- Don’t leave spare keys outdoors, intruders are hip to the hide-a-key game.
- Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
- Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
- Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
- Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.
- Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers.
- Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.
Preparing For The New Year
The start of a new year is a great opportunity to evaluate your home to make sure it is safe for you and your loved ones.
Make New Years Resolutions to check your smoke alarm batteries. Or maybe invest in a 10-year battery-powered smoke alarm. That way are set for 10 years! They also make great Christmas gifts for all your loved ones.
Think about your home’s security. Do you need to make an upgrade? Or is your home security system not fulfilling your needs. The new year is the time to reach out to find out the best home security system for your family.
Also, does your family have a home safety plan in case of a fire or an intruder? Map out a plan and have a home safety drill so everyone knows what to do in any situation to stay safe.
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