Home Related Holiday Threats to Watch Out For

4 Home-Related Holiday Threats to Watch Out For

4 Home-Related Holiday Threats to Watch Out For

Home Related Holiday Threats to Watch Out ForThe holiday season is one of the most enjoyable times of the year. Friends and family come together to enjoy the festivities, with plenty of good food, drink, and entertainment to go around. But unfortunately, the holidays bring some often-unexpected risks around the home, so it’s important to be aware of these home-related holiday threats to ensure your festive celebrations go off without issue. Here are some of the top home-related threats to watch out for this year: 1. Festive Lights Decorating the home with holiday lights is a big tradition in many households, yet there are some risks associated with these lights, which have the potential to cause a fire if not properly installed. Perhaps the most common threat regarding Christmas lights is using indoor lights outdoors, which can be a serious fire hazard. Similarly, never overload light sockets into one extension cord (no more than three), as this may cause an electrical fire. Light-related threats aren’t all fire hazards though. Some people feed the cord for exterior lights in through a window to lead them to an indoor plug socket, leaving a small amount of space that burglars could exploit to enter the home. 2. Christmas Tree Catching Fire A quintessential part of Christmas décor, you can’t beat the size and smell of a real-life tree for the holidays. However, it’s important to be aware of the huge fire risk that a tree poses in the house, especially if being placed near heat sources like a fireplace or radiator. So, always carefully plan the positioning of the tree or consider buying an artificial model that is fire resistant. For a real tree, the fresher the better, as these will be less likely to go up like tinder as with older, dried out trees. 3. Package Theft Sadly, the holidays are one of the busiest times of the year for burglars and thieves. They know that people are buying gifts for one another, so households are filled with all kinds of items that they could steal and sell. Always remain vigilant against the risks of package theft! You should avoid leaving all your presents stacked under a tree in open sight of a window, as it makes your home a bigger target. Similarly, be mindful of empty packaging and receipts you’ve disposed of, as many thieves search through trash to see what you might have inside, while any personal info from online purchases could be used for identify-theft and fraud. If this has already happened to you then you should contact the Temecula Police Department and file a claim. 4. Cooking Hazards Cooking up a massive spread of food is a traditional part of holiday celebrations, so be aware of leaving any food unattended for too long. It’s easy to leave food for longer than you intended, especially with so many guests coming and going over the holidays, but it’s vitally important you don’t leave food unattended when baking, grilling, or frying. Also, be mindful of placing things like paper towels, oven mitts, and any paper decorations too close to the stovetop, as these could catch fire. Make sure also that young children aren’t allowed to get near your stove and oven!   holiday cooking safetyCarver Insurance Services, Inc. is a local insurance agency that has been serving residents and small businesses in Murrieta, Temecula, and surrounding areas since 2004. Started by Diana Carver; a second generation insurance broker with over 25 years experience, when after working for several insurance brokerages, Diana felt the need for a brokerage that was efficient and progressive, while still keeping that “hometown” feeling. Carver Insurance Services, Inc.’s goal is to help you determine what insurance needs you have, meet those needs, and then help you prepare to meet future goals. The Carver Insurance Services, Inc. Family and its agents would love for you to stop by one of their two convenient locations for a free insurance quote or just to say, “Hello!” Learn more by visiting our Pinterest page. For more information, give Carver Insurance Services, Inc. a call today to talk to a friendly, helpful agent. 951-677-9600   Holiday Safety Tips To Protect Your Temecula Home Carver Insurance Services, Inc 33321 Temecula Parkway suite #102, Temecula, 92592 951-676-0540  

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