As joyous as the holidays are, it is extremely important that you do not neglect holiday home safety. Many of the most festive holiday traditions present fire hazards, and the last thing you want to experience is a house fire during the holidays. We want you, your family, and your home to remain safe so that you can enjoy your holiday season to the fullest. Compiled is a list of essential holiday home safety measures to keep close in thought:
- When it comes to decorating the exterior of your home to spread holiday cheer, make sure that you only use lights designated for outdoor use and that you inspect every strand before putting them up. Never decorate your home in lights with frayed wires or connect two extension cords.
- When it comes to decorating the tree, safety starts with your purchase. Choose a tree that is fresh and that’s needles do not break off easily. Once you have picked the freshest tree on the lot, make sure to use lights designated for indoor use and put them on a timer. Your lights should never be on when the home is empty. Most importantly, quench your tree’s thirst on a daily basis for long lasting results!
- If you will be lighting the fireplace to keep everyone warm during the holidays, make sure to have the chimney swept before the first use. This will ensure that safety in the home is maximized.
- When cooking holiday dinners, make sure to never leave the kitchen unattended. Many homeowners will put the turkey in the oven and run the rest of their errands while the turkey cooks, but this is extremely dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.
Happy Holidays from our team to your family! Please do not hesitate to give us a call to confirm coverage of your homeowners or renters insurance policy. You deserve to feel confident in your home’s security, especially during the holidays! Contact Scautub Agency in Scotia for all of your New York homeowners’ and renters’ insurance needs.