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Holiday Safety for Homeowners

holiday safety tips for homeowners

Whether you are traveling this holiday season, or hosting your family and friends, make sure to thoroughly plan, prepare, and be safe for the holidays. Following a few simple precautions can go a long way in avoiding accidents during this special time of year.

Food Prep
Make sure to fully cook meat as directed to avoid issues with under cooked food and bacteria. Also, make sure you are cleaning your food prep areas and washing your hands regularly to avoid spreading germs. To keep others safe in the kitchen, put hot liquids away from edges of counter tops to avoid spills.

Fire Safety
Fireplaces, candles, and cooking equipment are all commonly used during the holidays, but make sure to be safe to avoid accidental fires. Do no leave candles unattended or have them near anything flammable, and extinguish them once your event is over or you go to sleep. For grease fires from cooking, these can be avoided by closely monitoring your food while cooking to keep it from getting overheated. If you do have a grease fire, do not use water – use baking soda to extinguish the flames. Keeping up with your smoke alarms and fire extinguisher to make sure they are in working order can help quickly detect smoke, and can even help with lowering your homeowner’s insurance costs.

Emergencies
In case of emergency, make sure you have important numbers available and are familiar with the nearest hospital. Calling 911 or Poison Control can save lives, but you can also be familiar with where the closes Urgent Care center is in case of other accidents that may require getting medical attention.

Traveling
If you are traveling for the holidays, do not post the details on your social media in advance. If people know when you will not be home, this can cause security issues for your home. Also while traveling, make sure to use hand sanitizer and wash your hands regularly to avoid the spread of germs.