The holiday season is upon us and – boy – what an exciting time indeed. As we deck the halls and fill our homes with the delicious scents of the season, let’s take a moment to consider the potential dangers that this time of year can bring.
- Keep an eye on your oven. The holiday season brings us to the kitchen a bit more often than usual, so make sure to practice basic safety precautions when cooking. Do not leave your oven or stovetop unattended, and especially do not leave your home when either are turned on. The risk for your kitchen – then entire home – to ignite increases when you leave any appliance unattended.
- Be careful with your heat sources. You probably have many sources of heat throughout your house, like space heaters and fireplaces. Be careful what you put near these areas of your home. Make sure your Christmas tree is placed in a location that is far from any type of heat source to avoid a catastrophic fire. In addition, make sure you keep your tree watered and hydrated. The dryer the tree, the easier it is to burn.
- Take a look at the forecast. Chilly weather and congested roads never make a great pair. If the temperatures drop below freezing and moisture is in the forecast, try to avoid driving in high-traffic areas. Either map out a clearer route or save the gift shopping trip for another day.
- Eggnog in moderation. Holiday parties and get-togethers usually go hand-in-hand with booze. Be sure you have a designated driver if engaging in a night with booze, and always consume alcoholic beverages in moderation.
- Lock up. Be sure to take all security precautions whenever you leave your home, as the holiday months see an increase in thefts. In addition, keep all methods of payment and valuables close to you when out and about. Folks can get creative when attempting to steal some cash or your identity, so use caution when completing your holiday shopping.
We understand that this time of year is an exciting time, but make sure to consider the risks in order to avoid making an insurance claim. Want to chat with an agent about how you can get coverage in the unfortunate event of damage to you, your family, or your home? Contact us today!