With the holiday season fast approaching, protecting your family and your home are a top priority. Research shows that the busiest time of the year for burglars is summer, however crime rises almost just as much during the holidays. With all of the Christmas lights, traveling, and holiday errands, a lot of people tend to forget the little things that could easily make them a target for a home burglary, or fire.
Ways to Protect Your Holiday
Home From Burglary
Here are a few do’s and don’ts to help protect your home from a burglary during the holiday season.
- Do upgrade your home security system! Integrating Z-Wave technology into your home alarm system, and turn your home into a smart home.
- Do tell a neighbor, or two, when you are going to be away for an extended time.
- Do keep the exterior of your home tidy, even when you are away.
- Do install automatic lights with timers. Your house doesn’t need to look empty if you aren’t in it. By keeping your lights on their normal timed activity with the help of home automation, you can give the appearance that your home is occupied. Even if it isn’t.
- Do have packages delivered to a locker or post office to avoid packages being left out on your porch for an extended period of time. With the Skybell video doorbell, if you aren’t home to receive packages, you can easily see when it is delivered and by who.
- Don’t announce your vacation on social media. By oversharing your vacation plans, you are letting the cyber community and potential burglars aware that your house will be empty.
- Don’t place your Christmas tree or gifts in front of the window.
- Don’t discard labeled boxes. You don’t want criminals to see that you are throwing away the packaging to a brand new T.V., or laptop. Make sure all of your boxes are broken down and discarded discreetly.
These common things people tend to forget about are things that most burglars are looking for. The majority of home break-ins occur during the day while you are at work or out running your holiday errands. About 85% of these home break-ins are done by an inexperienced burglar, which is often more dangerous.
Ways to Prevent House Fires
During the Holidays
The holiday season is also one of the most dangerous times of the year for household fires. Whether it’s deep frying your holiday turkey, or unplugging your Christmas lights, here are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to fire prevention this holiday season.
- Do have your home fire alarms and smoke detectors inspected and installed.
- Do make sure your chimney is inspected and cleaned before its first use of the season.
- Do wrap your exposed pipes with heating wraps. Exposed pipes have a high risk of bursting as temperatures drop.
- Do make sure if you are deep frying your turkey that you have the proper equipment. In recent years, deep fryers have been one of the biggest cause for emergency room visits during the holidays.
- Do choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
- Do place your menorah on a metal or ceramic surface to light. If there isn’t a surface you can use, a thick layer of tin foil will do the trick.
- Don’t let your Christmas tree dry out. Check your water levels daily, and water it if necessary. Moisture is key to keeping your tree fresh and enhancing its fire resistance.
- Don’t run lights that have shorted bulbs, frayed wires, or broken sockets. Even if there is one shorted bulb, the bulb should be replaced to reduce the risk of shorting out the entire string of lights and causing fire. If the wire is frayed or the socket is broken, replace the string lights all together.
- Don’t leave candles unattended. According the NFPA, the top three days for home candle fires were Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.
- Don’t light your menorah within 3 feet of flammable materials such as drapery or paper.
- Don’t overload electrical outlets.
Your goal is to have a fun, and family filled holiday season. Bay Alarm’s goal is to keep you safe. Click here to request a free, custom quote and see how we can help you protect your home from break-ins and fire during the holiday season.