Thanksgiving often means traveling to see loved ones, eating festive food, and relaxing at home. But when spending time in your home or the homes of others, it is crucial to ensure your home is safe and free of hazards.
Make this Thanksgiving make it your safest yet by following these thirteen Thanksgiving home safety tips!
Check Your Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors should be checked every month to ensure batteries are still operating efficiently and every year in case they need to be replaced. Every ten years, smoke alarms need to be replaced.
Remove Fire Hazards
Anytime you or a family member is cooking, think twice about flammable objects. Oven mitts, papers, decorations, or paper towels are examples of flammable objects that lie around the kitchen and could quickly catch flame. According to burn injury lawyers at The Fang Law Firm, the three leading reasons for a burn injury include fire or flame, scalding, and contact with a hot object.
Check Your Electrical Outlets
It’s easy to overload electrical outlets when lots of appliances and electrical decorations are plugged in. Double check the voltage and ensure you are not overloading your outlets. Consider purchasing a surge protector to protect electrical outlets.
Design Decorations Appropriately
While decorating your home, carefully strategize the safest location for your decorations. Avoid placing anything flammable by candles or heating appliances. Always ensure areas around stairs and steps are well lit.
Make a Plan for Your Mail
If you’re traveling, plan to have your mail delivered once you return from your trip. If that’s not possible, ask a trusted neighbor or friend to collect your mail while your gone. Unchecked mail is a telltale sign that someone is away from their home and could leave your home vulnerable to unwanted visitors.
Be Prepared for a Fire
According to the NFPA, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Have a plan in case of a fire. Ensure your family has an emergency bag packed and every member is aware of all possible exits out of your home.
Refill Your Fire Extinguisher
First, ensure you have a fire extinguisher in your home! If you do not, prioritize buying to help put out any small fires. If you do, check the pressure gauge to make sure it reads full. All fire extinguishers should be professional inspected and tagged once a year; if its been more than that, consider calling a fire protection services company.
Switch Out Candles
While candles give a beautiful glow to your home, they can be a serious fire hazard. Opt for a safer alternative this autumn season. Glow sticks, LED lights, and fake candles are a great alternative to candles and can be left on throughout the night.
Set Up Home Security
Whether setting up ADT or buying a small Ring product, consider buying a home security system, especially if you will be away from your home. Not only will these devices help alert authorities if suspicious activity is reported around your home, but they can give you peace of mind wherever your travels may lead you.
Don’t Post Travel Information on Social Media Sites
What may seem like a harmless social media post could be an invitation for an unwanted guest to visit your home. Avoid posting travel pictures with people other than immediate family and friends until after you return from you trip; you never know who might be watching and could take advantage of your information.
In 2011, a UK study found 78% of burglars use social medial to choose just where they’re going to break in next.
Lock Up Your Home
Prior to leaving for vacation, ensure all your windows and doors are locked. Keeping your home safe from unwanted visitors, both people and creatures, should be of the utmost concern!
Toss Your Hidden Key
Think twice about keeping a hidden key outside your home; there is a chance someone could use it to their advantage. Even if you’ve found the sneakiest spot, it’s best to get rid of the risk altogether.
Ask a Friend to Check on Your Home
While your friend checks on your mail also ask them to take a peak in your home! A friend can make sure your home is safe and sound while you continue enjoying your trip or can take immediate action if something is awry. If possible, ask a friend or relative to check in on your home every few days.
By following these thirteen Thanksgiving safety tips, you can ensure you have the safest holiday season, regardless of where you end up celebrating. Enjoy your holiday and remember to always put safety first!