How to Keep Your Home Merry and Safe During the Holidays

How to Keep Your Home Merry and Safe During the Holidays

When it comes to the holidays, there is so much joy to go around. Whether you’re getting busy involving the kids in holiday decorating, ordering the latest Christmas quilts, or coordinating matching family Christmas pajamas (including dog Christmas bandanas for the fur babies) there are lots of exciting holiday happenings going on. This time of year, you can do a few things to “button up the hatches” and ensure safety for your home, belongings, and loved ones. We’ve got you covered when it comes to thinking ahead for protection around the holidays. Read on for tips and tricks to keep your home merry and safe.

Stay Safe While Shopping

It’s so exciting to plan out and search for gifts for loved ones. Stay safe while shopping this year by taking a few precautions. Park your car in a well-lit area and hide gifts within your car—put them in the trunk if possible, or cover them with a blanket while you’re in stores. Keep valuables out of sight and double-check that all doors are locked before leaving gifts in the car. Be aware of your surroundings when returning to your car after shopping. If you bring the kids with you on the shopping trip, have a system for where you will meet if they get lost or teach them to ask a security guard or store employee for help.

If Going Away for the Holidays

If you’re planning to be away this holiday season, there are a few things you can do to keep your belongings and home safe while you’re gone. First, keep your travel plans offline so that it’s not public knowledge of where you’re going, when, and how long you’ll be gone. Then, notify a trustworthy neighbor that you’ll be gone so they can let you know if there is any unusual activity.

Even then, it never hurts to have a backup. Purchasing a doorbell camera is a good idea. Many door cameras are motion censored, so you don’t have to be home to see movement at your front or back door. Most of them record footage of front door activity, and some even have features where you can talk through the doorbell.

Protect Packages

If you have any packages arriving while you’re gone, request online that delivery persons leave the boxes around the back of the house or in a less noticeable location than the front door. Or hire a friend to bring packages inside. Alternatively, order packages directly to their house or your office until you’re back home.

Reduce Visibility of Gifts From Windows

You won’t want to signal to folks outside the house about the brand-new flat-screen TV you just got hubby for Christmas. It may look picturesque to leave the Christmas tree lit with gifts underneath your gorgeous tree, but it may be unsafe for your home to leave while you’re away. After Christmas, break down boxes of expensive and oversized items before putting them in the recycling.

Prevent Fires

Before hanging up lights in the house or outside, check that your lights don’t have frayed cords or cracked bulbs. Ensuring your lights are good to go will help you avoid any problems with electrical fires. It also never hurts to have fire extinguishers up to date and readily available as backups. As a yearly practice, have a professional inspect your furnace and chimney. Change out the air filters, clean air ducts and vents in your home, and check the batteries on all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Smokey Bear would approve of these inspections.

Opt for the Safer LED Light Alternative

Take a mental note when lighting candles to either remain in that room or snuff them out when leaving it to retire for the night. While candles look elegantly lit in the windows at night, they can pose a fire hazard. Opt for a safer alternative with tea tree lights that you can turn on and off—bonus points for lighting systems you can control from your phone. These provide an extra layer of coverage, knowing you can turn them off before they run too long.

Keep Your Tree Hydrated

Plan out where you will put the tree so that it is not near heat sources. Then keep your tree hydrated throughout its time in your home—it will thank you! When a tree is dried, its string of lights and Christmas decorations makes it more easily flammable. Or, if you don’t want to deal with falling needles, a faux tree will work just as well. Along this same line of thinking, avoid hanging stockings above the fireplace, as they can pose a fire risk. When you have a lovely fire, be sure to put out even coals in the fireplace before going to bed. As another precaution, when decorating with holly, remove all berries before putting them on display, as they are poisonous to animals and humans.

After updating your home with these changes, you’ll have smooth sailing through the season.

Have a Merry Holiday!

Now that we’ve got you covered on your safety checklist for the holidays, you’re ready for the best part—enjoying time with friends and family. Make a safety list and check it twice to put your mind at ease this holiday season. After that, all that’s left to do is have a happy holiday!


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