Protect Your Home on Holiday
Thanksgiving is a time to get the turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie prepared and gather your family around the table to share a great meal. With the holidays on approach, there are safety measures you should take to make sure your family and your home stays safe. Take a look at some tips to protect yourself and your home this holiday season:
While at Home
- Install or check the batteries in your smoke alarms. You should have smoke alarms in or near the kitchen, on each level of the home, and near sleeping areas. It’s a good idea to replace the batteries at least once a year. Remove anything near the stove that could catch fire, including wooden utensils, oven mitts, plastic bags, or towels.
- Keep a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Get it checked by a professional and teach your family to use it as well. Do not use salt, flour, or water to try to put out the fire because these substances could cause a stove fire to flare up.
- Take extra precaution with turkey fryers. The National Fire Protection Association reports that more than $15 million dollars in property damage occurs every year in the U.S. due to deep fryer fires. Be sure the oil used to fry the turkey is the right temperature and always fry outside in a well-ventilated area.
- Keep the air clean. If you are using a natural gas or propane stove, be careful of a carbon monoxide build up in the home. Run vents in the kitchen, particularly the ones directly over the stove and open any windows or doors in the kitchen at least once an hour to circulate fresh air.
- Install or check on your home security system. Many home security systems do much more than alert you if a burglar enters your home. Some companies also offer 24-hour fire monitoring services, smoke alarms; newer internet-connected systems even let you check in from your smartphone or laptop while you are away.
- Don’t post your travel plans on social media sites. You may have your privacy settings turned on, but you still never know who could see this private information and what they’ll do with it.
- Call your bank. Make sure that your financial institutions are aware of your plans to leave home. This simple move will help combat identity theft as well as serve as record for insurance purposes should any unfortunate event occur while you are away.
- Set lights on timers. Inside and outside lights should be set on automatic timers to turn lights on and off at various times throughout the night.
- Lock all windows and doors. Don’t forget to lock the upstairs windows as well. And never leave a key hidden outside. Would-be burglars will turn over rocks, look under mats, in outdoor fixtures, etc. Instead, if you need to leave a key, do so with a trusted neighbor or nearby relative.
This Thanksgiving, play it safe both at home and while traveling. Keep these safety tips in mind and be thankful for your home and family’s safety. For the full original article: https://www.safewise.com/blog/tips-keeping-home-safe-thanksgiving/