Keep your holidays joyous by following our 7 tips for preventing holiday catastrophes:
1. Keep live trees watered
Christmas trees bring the holiday spirit into your home and are fun for the whole family. If you have a live tree this year be sure to keep the water full. If your tree gets dried out it can quickly turn into a fire hazard. By keeping it watered you will drastically reduce the fire danger.
Even if you are using an artificial tree, it is best practice to unplug your lights while you are sleeping or away from the house for any length of time. The same is true of lights hung outside and around the house. Investing in a few light timers will help make the job of turning lights on and off a no brainer.
3. Don’t overload outlets
The lights are one of the best parts of the holidays and it can be easy to go overboard. Remember to use surge protectors to plug your lights into. To prevent fire and loss of power, you don’t want more than 3 strands of lights plugged into one outlet.
4. Wrap exposed pipes
Keeping pipes wrapped is especially important if you are leaving town. If you have exposed pipes running through your attic or crawl space, wrap them with insulation to prevent freezing and bursting.
5. Turn water off
If you are leaving your home for an extended amount of time turn off your main water supply and then drain all remaining water by turning on all faucets and flushing the toilets. This way, there will be no water in your pipes to freeze and will eliminate the potential for flooding.
6. Keep heat on
As you head out on vacation make sure your thermostat is set to no lower than 55 degrees fahrenheit. Open cabinets that enclose pipes so that they will be exposed to heat.
7. Keep travel plans private
It’s easy to get excited and share on Facebook about your travel plans, but information posted online is not always as private as it seems. It’s best to stay quiet about when your house will be unoccupied to prevent squatters and robbers from making themselves at home. Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to keep an eye on your house while you are away.
Don’t forget Kevin!
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season! Stay safe and warm.