How to Protect Your Home During the Holidays

The holiday season is full of magic and joy; it’s also a very busy time of year with parties, travel and last-minute shopping. It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities but it’s also important to keep your home’s safety top of mind. Here are some ways to keep your home safe during the busy holiday season:

Lock everything up

This goes without saying but make sure all your windows and doors are locked before you leave. It’s common for burglars to gain entry thanks to an unlocked door or window. Make sure your valuables are not visible from your windows (or are hidden from view in some way). If you have home security system, be sure to set the alarm upon leaving.

Be careful with decorations

Take care when decorating your home, inside and out! Inspect your lights for frayed cords or broken bulbs before stringing. If you can, make any repairs to the cords or replace them for new lights. Keep any flammable objects away from the furnace or space heater. Make sure your tree is properly secured and placed in an area where it would cause the least amount of damage if it were to fall. Likewise, if you have a real tree, make sure to keep it properly watered so it doesn’t dry out.

Keep your travel plans offline

If your holiday plans involve travel, be smart about your social media use. We’re almost programmed to share personal information online but try to resist the temptation of broadcasting any pending travel plans, specifically when you’ll be gone. Sharing that type of information advertises when your home will be empty. Additionally, pause any mail or newspaper deliveries and have a trusted neighbor check on your home periodically while you’re away.

Watch the trash

Now that the presents have been opened, its time to clean up. When disposing of your trash, take time to properly break down boxes for recycling or trash pick up so you’re not advertising any new big-ticket items that are now in your home.

It only takes a few minutes to make sure your home is safe during the holiday season.