Safety Tips for the Holidays - Emory Homes

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Atlanta Decatur Homes

Holidays are festive times filled with activities that include shopping, planning, attending holiday events, cooking, and being together with our families.


While we are preoccupied with accomplishing these pleasant chores, unsavory characters may be targeting our package deliveries, or stealing from our mailbox.


It's also a time when colds and flu are incubating in our offices and homes. We may be trying to overdo and become rundown or stressed. Child safety and fire hazards are also a concern during this hectic time.


Take a moment to review some helpful safety tips:

CDC Health Tips

  • Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly can prevent the spread of germs
  • Stress - if you are trying to accomplish too much, you may become overtired and stressed, and more prone to colds and flu.  Give yourself a mini break and set reasonable time limits for what needs to be done.
  • Children safety - keep dangerous toys, food, drink, etc.  away from children.  Child accidents increase during this period.

Electrical Safety

  • Don't overload electrical outlets.  Many house fires occur during the holidays so make sure your outlets are safe.
  • Dry Christmas trees are a dangerous fire hazard - keep them well-watered.
  • When you leave the house or go to bed, unplug and extinquish all decorations.

Personal Safety

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid being distracted by your cellphone or other devices.
  • Don't wear expensive jewelry.
  • Let someone know where you are - call a family member or friend.

Package Safety

  • FedEx suggests you consider an alternative destination - your workplace, or family member, friend, neighbor who is home during the day.
  • You can have your packages sent to the nearest FedEx office - they will hold up to 5 days at no extra charge.
  • Request a signature so the package will not be left unattended.
  • Ask for a call - you can give instructions on where to leave your package, like behind the air-conditioner, or bush.
  • Schedule a delivery - pick your own date and time
  • Request a Vacation hold - will hold your packages up to 14 days

Comments (4)

William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Some of these are comon sense and others are just over looked

Dec 04, 2018 05:36 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Sharon Kolb very valuable list of safety tips for the holidays.

Dec 04, 2018 08:05 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I've made it a long practice to have packages sent to my office.  In fact several clients who work have theirs delivered to my office and then pick it up from me.

Dec 04, 2018 08:45 PM
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Sharon, thanks for the reminders especially the electrical ones and keeping the real tree hydrated.

Dec 05, 2018 12:30 AM