Protect your home this holiday
Behind the twinkle, sparkle and dazzle of the holidays, safety hazards lurk; everything from fires to burglaries to accidental injuries increases this time of year. Every year, U.S. fire departments respond to about 230 home fires started from Christmas trees, according to a National Fire Protection Association study. According to the Arizona Division of Public Safety report, November has the highest rate of "pick pocketing" of any month of the year, while shoplifting crimes are highest in December. These chilling statistics are all the more reason to want to protect your home this holiday.
Holiday Fire Prevention
- If you use lights on your Christmas tree ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.
- Use caution with holiday decorations and, whenever possible, choose those made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant and non-combustible materials.
- Tucson property managers recommend replacing the batteries in your smoke detector and making sure your fire extinguisher is up-to-date.
Holiday Home Burglary Prevention
- If you plan to travel for the holidays, don’t discuss your plans with strangers. That means keep your business off social media networks at least until you get home.
- Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
- Tucson property management companies suggest having a trusted friend or family member keep watch over your home and check your mail while you’re away.
Holiday Party Accident Prevention
- Find alternative transportation for intoxicated guests or arrange for them to either stay overnight or drive home with a designated driver. And never drink or drive, even if you just live a block away.
- Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S. When cooking for holiday visitors, remember to keep an eye on the range.
- Property management companies in Tucson advise you keep trees, gifts, and decorations out of major traffic areas and away from entryways to prevent slips, trips and falls. You don’t want to see loved ones in the infirmary instead of celebrating.
The holidays are a time for celebration, and that means more cooking, home decorating, entertaining, and an increased risk of fire, accidents, and theft. Simply Property Management-Paielli Realty Inc. team recommends that you follow these guidelines to protect your home this holiday and help make your holiday season safer and more enjoyable. Happy Holidays! – Greg