Keeping Your Home Safe During the Holidays: 8 Tips

Keeping Your Home Safe During the Holidays 10 TipsAs you work to spruce up your home during the holidays with festive lights, decorations, and ornaments, it is important to keep your home and family safe. While tis the season for giving, the holiday season is also prime time for thieves to steal as well as increased fire risks. In order to protect your home against safety snafus, ensure your property is secured with a Norwich Homeowners Insurance Policy. Consider the following recommendations for a happy holiday season.

Holiday Lighting- Make sure the lights from last year are free of any frayed wires or cracked bulbs prior to hanging again. When replacing a bulb, ensure the light string is unplugged to avoid any electrocution concerns.

Fresh is Best- Freshly cut trees are less prone to catching fire. If possible, this option is best for home safety.

Hide Valuables- If gifts and valuable items are visible through the windows, burglars are more likely to target your home.

Enlist the Help of your Neighbors- If you are planning on going out of town, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to collect your mail and check on the home so that burglars don’t know you’ve left town.

Limit Social Media Travel Announcements- While you may want to share the exciting news with friends and loved ones online, refrain from sharing travel plans until after you have returned home. Otherwise, potential criminals know for a fact that you are not home.

Check for Certification- When purchasing light strings, extension cords, spotlights, electrical decorations, gas appliances, or carbon monoxide alarms, look for the certification mark of an accredited certification organization such as CSA International, UL, or ELT to ensure that the products comply with applicable standard for safety and performance, says Parents.com.

Secure your Home- Always lock doors and windows, if applicable. In addition, install a home security system, if possible. This can help to deter potential burglars and intruders.

Automatic Timed Lights- Especially if you are vacationing for the holidays, putting your lights on a timer will imply that you are still home.

At Byrnes Agency, we offer a variety of homeowners’ insurance options to protect you during and after the holidays. Our customizable coverage can be tailored to meet your specific risk exposures, regardless of how specific they might be. To learn more, contact us at one of our three locations.

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Dayville Office

Phone: (860) 774-8549
394 Lake Rd
Dayville, CT 06241
United States
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Norwich Office

Phone: (860) 886-5498
6 Consumers Avenue
Norwich, CT 06360
United States
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Woodstock Office

Phone: (860) 928-7928
1226 Connecticut 169
Woodstock, CT 06281
United States
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Hours of Operation: Monday- Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

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