Home seems like such a safe place, and it becomes a merry location during the holidays. However, it can also be a dangerous place if you are not careful. Here are a few ways to be safe at home and still enjoy the festivities of the season.
Putting Up Lights
First, make sure the lights are all in good working order. Replace any that have frayed wires or broken bulbs. Any of these issues can create a fire hazard.
Make sure that the area where you will be putting up lights is safe and dry if you use a stepladder. Be careful and have someone around in case you fall. It’s better to focus on climbing up first and having someone hand you the lights instead of trying to carry them in one hand.
Turn off lights when you are gone or going to bed and never overload an extension cord or outlet. Make sure any decorations you use outdoors are specifically designed for outdoor use.
Putting Up the Tree
While real trees are often more fun for some people than artificial ones, they can also be a hazard. Choose a fresh tree and make sure that you keep it watered. Use lights that do not get hot to prevent a fire. Keep candles away from the tree. Once the holiday is over, take it down quickly. A dry tree is a bigger hazard and can catch fire quickly.
Make sure you keep your home locked whether you are there or away. While home burglaries are a possibility any time of the year, thefts often rise around the holidays. Don’t leave garage doors up or house doors open as an invitation for would-be thieves. If you have a home alarm system, make sure you keep it set.
If you are like one of the many people who shop online, know when your packages are going to arrive. If possible, choose the ship to store option so that you don’t have to worry. If they must come to your home, follow the tracking information you are given to know when they are most likely to arrive. Try to be home at that time to prevent theft of your packages.
Enjoying a Warm Fire
Even if you have other heat sources, a fireplace adds a certain ambience, especially around the holidays. Make sure you have the chimney inspected before you light the first fire of the season. Never leave a fire unattended. Keep everything away from the fireplace when it is lit. Purchase a screen to place in front to keep little hands away, especially after the fire dies down but while the embers are still hot.
Always have a fire extinguisher on hand and make sure all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order in your home. Stay safe during the holidays by following these tips and your home will be the merriest place on earth for you and your family.