Did you know that December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month? No? That’s okay, we didn’t either.
What we do know is this time of year during the holidays is a busy time for everyone. From running around searching for the perfect presents for your loved ones to attending all the holiday parties that you have been invited to, it is hard to make sure you are doing everything you should be doing to keep your house safe during the holidays.
You’re keeping your children safe from toys that may not be appropriate for their age or that have sharp points and edges. But, what are you doing to protect your home and your personal belongings? Lucky for you, we have laid out some important tips for you to keep in mind to ensure your house is out of danger this holiday season.
1. Check your holiday candles
Fires caused by candles are more common than you might think. Holiday candles are cozy and complete your home décor. But if candles are surrounded by flammable objects that could easily mean disaster for you and your family. Check the space that you are placing your candles and make sure there is nothing in reach that is easily flammable. Holiday cards, wrapping paper and dried-out pine needles should be as far away from candles as possible. It’s also a good idea to avoid placing candles on counters or tables that guests can easily bump into and knock a candle off onto the floor.
2. Water your Christmas tree daily
According to the National Fire Protection Association, fires related to Christmas trees have caused $16.2 million in property damage. Christmas tree fires occur when the tree dries out or if the tree is located too closely to homes’ heat sources, such as fireplaces or heating vents. To avoid your Christmas tree from causing a fire, water the tree daily and keep your tree at least three feet away from your home’s heat sources.
3. Keep your pipes warm
Your family isn’t the only thing you need to keep warm during the winter. As it gets colder and colder outside, the chances of your pipes bursting increases. To prevent your pipes from freezing during the bitter cold months, keep your thermostat set at 65 degrees or warmer. Keeping your thermostat at this level will decrease the chances of your pipes from freezing and bursting. You can also wrap any exposed water pipes with heating tape to maintain their warmth. In case of the emergency, make sure you know how to shut off your home’s water in case a pipe does break. If you can turn off the water quickly, you will be able to reduce the amount of damage.
4. Check your insurance policies
This is the time of year when you are adding valuable items and to your household. To ensure that your house and personal items are covered from any possible holiday hazards, double check that your insurance policies are up-to-date. Most homeowners and renters’ insurance policies cover common damages that occur this time of year, but only if your policies are timely updated. You’re making several expensive purchases, so make sure that your favorite items are protected.
You are doing everything you can possible to keep your children safe from unsafe toys and to keep your house safe from potential holiday disasters. Despite your efforts, sadly, accidents can happen to anyone at inconvenient times. We hope you don’t need to, but just in case, Hays + Sons is here for you to get you through times of disaster. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you and your family.