How to avoid holiday theft and fires
The holidays usually conjure visions of smiles, turkey and swirling lights – but sometimes the season brings unwanted thefts and fires. Here’s how to avoid both:
• Leave your house lights on if you travel, or better yet, put them on a timer so they switch on randomly as if someone is moving around.
• Don’t showcase your gifts or shopping bags. Keep those presents away from windows in both the house and in cars. Keep them hidden and lock the doors.
• Ask a neighbor to gather your mail if you travel
• Make sure deliveries for online shopping are scheduled to arrive when you are home.
• Make sure your trees lights and cords are in good shape. Many tree fires are caused by electrical problems.
• Use only indoor lights inside the house. Outdoor lights are made differently and may generate more heat.
• Check the bottom of a real tree. Verify that the cut is fresh and clean enough to soak up water. If not, cut a slice off the bottom.
• Water real trees daily. Dry tree needles are a hazard.
• Turn off lights when you leave the house or go to bed.
• Dispose of real trees after usage. Dried-out trees propped against the house are a hazard.