Holiday Home Safety Tips

This is the season when people are happiest, families gather together and share updates of their lives over the past year, what they have been up to, the ups and the downs. The Christmas holidays have a hypnotizing emotion with it. During this season, it is almost impossible to be sad or stingy with your smile, gifts or even finances. Love is always in the air from homes to the streets. It also during this season when decorations are put up left right and center, lights are set up, trees are erected and fake Santa clauses and Reindeers are put on the snow covered roofs. Things are Jolly and fun, which is for the most part a great thing. However, after spending a significant amount of money on your holiday home, it would suck if disaster strikes.

To keep the holiday home and your family safe, below are some tips to guide you.

Holiday lightings

All those twinkling lights you plan on putting up are great. They will lighten up the mood and beautify your home. They however do pose a threat of starting a fire. As such, you should ensure that that the strands of lights you choose are labelled flame resistant. If you have lights from the previous Christmas season, inspect them and see to it that all wires that may be frayed are replaced, that the cords are not kinked and that the sockets are not cracked.

When you are buying these products, be on the lookout for certification marks including ELT or UL to ensure that the product manufacturers adhered to the safety requirements.

Be sure not to overload the extension sand that all flammable products are away from the candles you light around the house. Also, never ever use electric lights on any Christmas metallic tree. Touching it will cause electrocution.

Trees

If you purchase an artificial tree, be sure to check and confirm that it is fire resistant. If you are buying a live tree, look for one that has fresh needles. Fresh needles do not break off easily. For obvious reasons, be sure to setup your tree away from radiators, fireplaces, portable heaters and other heat sources. For fresh trees, have them watered and on a place that does not block the exits.

Decorations

If you have children in your holiday home, you will need to be very careful with the decorations that you put up and just how you put them up. For starters, all decorations that are covered with lead are a no-no as lead can be poisonous when consumed. Have fire retardant ornaments in use only. Those that feature breakable or moving parts should be placed away from their reach.

Entertainment

If you are planning on having guests over to your holiday home, there are some preparations that you will need to make. As you make these plans and preparations, below are some of the tips that you need to keep in mind.

You should not leave anything in the kitchen not attended. It is very easy to cause fires this way. As a matter of fact, research shows that two out of five fires in homes start in kitchens.

Poinsettias needless to say, are festive. However, they can be toxic to pets. Note that while they are not poisonous as many would think, veterinary experts have it that they cause skin irritations, nausea and vomiting.

Have the fireplace flue open before you start your fire and have papers away from the fireplace when it is in use.

Security

Whilst you are busy enjoying the holiday, criminals on the other hand are busy watching over your home waiting for opportune moments to seize and make away with your most prized possessions. As such, you should ensure that the doors and windows are locked at all times and never hide your spare key in places that are obvious. And yes fake rocks have become obvious places as well.