We all get excited about our holiday travel plans and want nothing more than to share those plans with everyone we know. Share as you wish but NOT on social media. Crooks love this time of year because they can surf your online posts to know just when your home will be unattended, making you an easy target for break-ins. Instead, wait until you return home to share photos and details of your trip online.
2. Notify a Neighbor
Let a TRUSTED neighbor or family friend that lives close by that you will be traveling. Have them get your mail and newspapers and shovel your sidewalks and driveways while you are away. A dead giveaway to a thief that you are out of town is an overflowing mailbox, unattended packages on your porch and untouched driveways and sidewalks. You can also have the post office hold your mail.
3. Hide Your Gifts
While we all love to display our beautifully wrapped gifts under the tree, beware if your gifts can be seen from the outside. If they can, be aware and hide them when you are not at home. Crooks know you will be away at some point for that holiday party or last minute shopping. Also make sure you don’t leave the unwrapped gifts like ipads, phones, etc. laying out on your table or anywhere that can be seen from the outside.
4. Inspect Your Furnace and Chimney
I know we have gone over this in previous tips, but we cannot stress enough how important this is. Please, if you will be lighting even just one fire this winter, have your chimney inspected by a professional before you do. Your home and your family’s safety is worth the couple hundred bucks. Also inspect your furnace to check for carbon monoxide leaks and that it is running properly. The last thing you need is for a house full of holiday guests when the furnace gives out.
5. Fire Safety
In addition to the risks of fires by your clogged chimney, please keep you trees well-watered. Those little lights can get hot and start fires! Make sure you don’t leave those yummy smelling candles burning unattended. And, turn off your tree lights if you are going to leave home!
**** BONUS TIP
Please remember your furry friends this season. Be sure to keep them away from tree decoration, especially tinsel. Tinsel can be deadly to our fur babies. Also be mindful of table scraps. Just because those cookies taste good, sugar is not your pets friend. We will post shortly a list of foods you should avoid giving your pet.
We hope everyone stays safe and warm during the holiday season no matter how or what you celebrate.