Real Estate Tips: Holiday Home Safety Tips

  The holidays are a wonderful time of year to welcome your friends and family into your home. But during this festive season when there’s so much going on, it’s important to set a place for one more holiday guest–home safety. During the holiday season, fires, break-ins, and random home disasters are just waiting to rack merry mayham on your festivities. Be prepared so the home Grinch won’t spoil your fun and memories. The Blazing Holiday According to the National Fire Protection Association, US fire departments respond to 250 home structures fires annually that begin with Christmas trees, resulting in more than $13 million in direct property damage. Nearly half are caused by electrical problems, and one in four from a heat source that’s too close to the tree. Holiday decorations–more than half from candles– cause more than 180 home fires annually. And unattended cooking, which is the leading cause of all home fires and injuries, escalates during the busy holiday season. To keep your home safe from fire over the holidays, check for the following:
  • Mount your Christmas tree on a sturdy base and make sure it’s clear of all heat sources.
  • Replace any holiday lights with damaged or frayed wiring. Don’t attempt to repair.
  • Never place wrapping paper in a fireplace.
  • Have your chimney and wood-burning fireplace inspected and cleaned annually.
  • Stay near the stove when cooking and make sure the burners and the oven are off when you’re done. Keep paper and fabic away.
  • Don’t leave burning candles unattended.
  • Limit the use of extension cords for decorations , and make sure they are UL approved.
Holiday Criminals Not everyone is feeling festive during the holidays, nd they are ready to steal your joy if tempted. Lock all doors and windows when leaving, and ask a neighbor to watch your home if you will be out-of-town. Use timers for lights, and leave a radio or television on so your house looks and sounds occupied. Be very cautious when opening doors to delivery people or holiday well-wishers. A home security system is a low-cost investment that offers peace of mind during the holiday season and year-round. An Unwelcome Holiday Surprise   How do you know it’s the holidays? The shower is freezing, the dishwasher won’t empty; the toilet overflows; or the oven stops baking-mid turkey. Don’t panic. The Lee Ann Miller team can put you in the hands of a top-quality licensed service providers to help solve your problems. And for an extra measure of confidence, consider a Home Trust Warranty.