... to keep your home safe over the holidays.
1. Candles. When you go out, blow them out.
Candles are an easy-to-avoid fire hazard. Check every room for lit candles, tea lights and other ornamental flames you may have forgotten.
2. Keep paper and other combustibles away from festive lights.
Modern light strings, like most new bulbs operate at much lower temperatures than older style festive lights - but can still represent a hazard in many circumstances.
3. Use timers for your outdoor festive lighting.
Lights on. Lights off. Save money and confuse burglars.
4. Lock your doors and check them twice.
The holidays are a busy time and it's easy to miss a door on the way out, or on the way to bed. Burglars know that our homes are piled high with gifts at this time of year, so when you dash out to Aunt Mary's for a quick one... lock it up!
5. Break down packaging from large, expensive gifts.
Boxes from TV's, computers and other high-value items are an open invitation to burglars. Slice the cardboard and wrappers, tie them up in bundles with the colorful side in, and don't put it all to the curb at once.
6. Keep your driveway and sidewalks clear of snow and ice.
Don't let your home look like no one is home, especially if you're not home! Icy snow-bound walkways are not just an invitation to intruders - they can be down-right nasty and unsafe!
One last thought... drinking and driving.
Visit my home inspection website at www.electrospec.ca