Many people look forward to the holidays because of the fun and festive cheer, decorations, and activities during the most wonderful time of the year. Despite the holiday magic, did you know that many unfortunate things can also happen while you enjoy?
With all of the decorations, shopping, parties, and fun coming up with the holiday season, it’s important to be safe while also having fun.
Watch your Christmas lights
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, December is the deadliest month for electrical fires. Before you string lights on the exterior of your house, be sure to inspect the strands to make sure there aren’t any frayed cords or cracked lamps.
It is also important to replace any broken lamps and throw away strands with frayed cords. This will help prevent any accidental fires that can occur anytime without warning. At the same time, homeowners should only buy cords that have been tested by an independent and third party quality controllers. Make sure that the packaging says the manufacturer’s name and information are clearly marked.
Before going out or sleeping, see to it that all of the holiday lights are off. Try using an outdoor timer or smart outlet to switch lights on and off. And it’s a good idea to know how to use a fire extinguisher—just in case. Just make sure that yours is accessible and unexpired.
Check your chimney and furnace
Your home’s heating equipment, like furnaces and fireplaces, cause many deaths every year in the United States. In fact, in 2008, the U.S. Fire Administration reported approximately 2,650 people were killed by house fires.
Preparing for the holidays is a perfect time to have it inspected by professional contractors. They can inspect for damages and other faulty parts, clean out the air ducts, and sweep the chimney before you need to heat your home.
While you’re at it, make sure to check the batteries of your home’s smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Test these life-saving devices and check expiration dates. If needed, give yourself an early gift by upgrading to a smart smoke detector that can send you text or email alerts whenever it senses danger.
Consider a home exterior upgrade
Not everybody has the holiday spirit during this time of the year, some take advantage of it. Many incidents of house burglary have been reported to occur during the holiday season and homes with outdated exterior are most likely to be the victims of these criminals.
Experts say that wood or glass can break easily under pressure from an intruder. They suggest homeowners to consider upgrading their door to stainless steel. Smart locks are also another security measure you can install. They are easy to install and provide an additional layer of security from would-be burglars.
And to better illuminate wannabe burglars, consider installing motion-detecting lights, which use little energy and are usually affordable.
Set up external decorations on your house correctly
Setting up external decorations on your house is the best way to show everyone how much you enjoy this wonderful time of year. But, the more important detail is that you make sure that these decorations are completely safe for you and your family and those who come to sing a carol.
Light up a pathway to your house, and keep it clean from snow and ice. The entrance should be safe to approach to prevent slips and falls. You can also install light bulbs and extension cords rated for outdoor use. However, be careful in installing these lights and decors, especially from a height. Turn off the electricity to the supply outlet before working on wiring.
It only takes a few easy steps to protect your home this holiday season. To add that extra layer of protection and give you the peace of mind you need during this busy time, make sure to inspect your home and only use decorations manufactured by reputable companies only. Call your professional home contractor to make sure that everything is in order before you fully enjoy the holiday season.