With all the decorations, shopping, parties, and fun coming up with the holiday season, it’s important to keep your home safe.
Sadly, statistics show that burglaries around this time of year spike exponentially. Just doing these few things will make a huge difference in keeping your home (and your family) safe this season.
Keep your travel plans offline. Don’t post on social media details about where you are going, when you are leaving, or when you will be back.
Notify a neighbor. Ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your house, keep your walks free of snow, and to pick up mail, newspapers, and packages if you have plans to be away.
Hide any holiday gifts. Make sure gifts are hidden from a potential burglar. Keep items away from windows or other places with a view. Keep the curtains and blinds closed so no one can take a peek at your valuables.
Be careful about disposing of packaging. Don’t get so wrapped up in enjoying your new treasures that you forget to properly dispose of the packaging. If you leave it by the curb waiting to be picked up, you’re basically telling the whole world what new gifts are inside your home.
Check your Christmas lights. December is the deadliest month for electrical fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, so make sure to inspect the strands for frayed cords. Verify that your smoke detectors are in working order. And finally, try using an outdoor timer to switch lights on and off.
Inspect the furnace and chimney. Change your furnace filter, or better yet, have a professional inspect your furnace. Before you use the fireplace, have it serviced by a professional.
Secure your home. Check windows and doors to make sure locks are intact.