Whether you’re home or away, learn how to keep your home safe this Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a day of food, fun, and family. However, don’t let the holiday cheer distract you from the very real risks that your home faces on Thanksgiving Day. Whether you’re hosting a dinner at your home or travelling to see loved ones, take these precautions to keep your home safe.
If you will be home for Thanksgiving:
- Protect the inhabitants of your home from the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that is undetectable to the human senses. Protect your loved ones from exposure to carbon monoxide by installing detectors on every floor and in every sleeping area of your home.
- Reduce your risk for fire damage by installing smoke alarms. Just like the carbon monoxide detectors, you should have smoke alarms on every level and in every sleeping area of your home.
- Prevent cooking fires by removing flammable materials from your stove and oven areas. Things to be concerned about include wooden utensils, paper products, pot holders, and kitchen towels. You might also want to keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen just in case.
If you will be traveling this Thanksgiving:
- Install a home security system. Security systems protect your home from burglars, vandals, and squatters. Additionally, most security systems are now equipped with 24-hour fire watch, so installing a system can also protect your home from fire while you’re away.
- If you don’t like the idea of a security system, then you might want to consider hiring a house sitter. Having someone watch over your home will protect it from the same risks as a security system. Additionally, house sitters can collect your mail and maintain any house plants while you’re traveling.
- Do not post travel plans until you return from your trip. While you might like to post your adventures on social media, advertising that your home is uninhabited could make it a target for burglary or vandalism. It’s much safer to save your posts and photos for when you return from your Thanksgiving travels.
Follow these tips to make sure that your home stays safe this Thanksgiving. Another way to protect your home is to have the right insurance coverage. To find the best policy to suit your needs, trust the experts at Westwood Insurance Agency. Contact us to get covered today.