With all of the fervor of the holiday season, it’s easy to push safety to the sidelines. Besides, rules and precaution aren’t nearly as fun as twinkle lights and Christmas cookies. Don’t let the extra stress of the holidays distract you from keeping your loved ones safe. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Stay Off of Social Media
It’s tempting to brag about your new giant screen smart TV, diamond necklace, or gaming system on social media, but by doing that you’re telling would-be thieves which valuables you have in your home. Also, if you’re posting photos of you relaxing by the beach, then burglars know you’re not at home. Take a hiatus from social media during the holidays and keep your plans private.
Check Your Lights
If you’ve turned your home into a winter wonderland via dozens of colored lights and animatronics, then take the time to ensure that your electronics are free from hazards like frayed cords and broken bulbs. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, December is the deadliest month for electrical fires.
Hide Your Packages
The ease of online shopping has made Christmas shopping a breeze, but leaving your packages on your doorstep makes it easier for thieves as well. Have your packages delivered to your workplace if possible. Another alternative is to invest in a package delivery box or an outdoor security camera.
Tell Your Neighbor
If you’re going out of town, let a trusted neighbor know so that they can keep a lookout on your property. Aside from getting your mail or clearing your driveway of snow, your neighbor can let you know of any suspicious activity.