The holiday season is a busy time of year. Whether you’re making cookies, spending time with beloved friends and family or waiting until the last minute to buy gifts, it’s no doubt the holidays are exciting. However, don’t let this excitement distract you from your home security.
To keep security top of mind and give you more time for your busy holiday schedules, we’ve rounded up the top holiday advice in one post.
Feasts with family and friends are one of the best parts of celebrating the holidays. While your family may be looking forward to big, home-cooked meals, keep in mind the risks involved with cooking for large parties by following these kitchen safety tips:
- Keep children out of the kitchen, and only allow experienced cooks to prepare holiday meals.
- Maintain a clean kitchen, especially a clear floor, to ward against trips and falls.
- Never leave a flame, the stovetop, or your oven unattended.
- Always put away knives and other sharp utensils when not in use.
- Keeping children away from flames.
- Placing candles far enough from flammable objects, like holiday decorations, which are often susceptible to catching fire.
- Checking to make sure all smoke detectors are working properly.
- Arming your home with a fire alarm backed by a 24/7 monitoring center to ensure emergency responders are dispatched if needed.
Out of Town Safety
Remember to enable home security while you’re away. Before your family heads out for vacation or ventures to a relative’s house for a holiday celebration, keep home security in mind with the following tips:
- Keep expensive holiday purchases hidden in your home and away from windows to avoid tempting trespassers to break in. As a best practice, ensure blinds and curtains are drawn while your family is away or asleep.
- After hanging lights and decorations, ensure all ladders, which can help a burglar access your home, are securely put away.
- Night falls much earlier this time of year. Leverage sensor-triggered lights and motion-triggered video cameras outdoors to ward off unwanted visitors.
Shopping and Mall Safety
Holiday shopping is exciting, but stressful at the same time. With so many thoughts running through your mind, it is easy to get caught up in the moment and let your guard down. While shopping:
- Pay close attention to your surroundings in malls, stores and parking lots.
- Combine shopping bags so you have fewer items to look after.
- Keep wallets, purses and other valuables with you at all times.
- Never set your purchases down or out of sight.
- If you place purchased items in your car, make sure that they are concealed with a blanket, sheet or towel or put them in your trunk.
- Request an escort from your mall’s police force if you’re leaving late at night.
During the holiday season, as well as any time of year, you should take the following precautions to secure your home and your belongings:
- Break down all gift boxes and conceal them with garbage bags or cans. Thieves look for large boxes on the curb, which may indicate recent expensive purchases.
- Lock your doors and windows even when home. Many people let their guard down during the day.
- Install a monitored home security system so that you’ll be notified should a break-in occur.
- Be smart when opening your door to unfamiliar faces. Some thieves will take advantage of holiday cheer and go door to door asking for donations to illegitimate charities.
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season by keeping the above safety considerations in mind.
From our family at Vector Security to yours, happy holidays!
Would you like more detail about the tips you read here? View the following Vector Security blog posts:
- Christmas Tree Safety Tips to Prevent House Fires
- Fire Prevention Tips
- Holiday Season Guide to Home Security
- Holiday Travel Tips to Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Away
- Keep Your Family and Home Safe This Holiday Season
- Seven Rules for Candle Safety
How do you keep your home safe during the holidays? Share in the comments below.