Keeping Your Home in One Piece During Thanksgiving
Ah, Thanksgiving. Good food, quality family time, and beautiful fall weather. If all goes right, Thanksgiving can be one of the best days of the year. However, there’s no joy without a little risk. Opening up your Brevard County home to your family and loved ones has risks of its own, and of course those brave souls among us who dare to attempt deep frying a turkey probably want to avoid burning their house down. We’ve pulled together a few basic tips to keep your home and property in one piece during Thanksgiving.
Child and Pet-Proof Where You Can
Family visiting with small children? Great Aunt Margaret bringing her dog along? You don’t have to go all out and fully childproof your home, but there are a few easy things you can do to keep everyone safe. There are the obvious things like making sure your scissors and knives are pushed to the back of the counter or put away entirely and your curling iron and blow dryer are unplugged and put away. Candles, while offering a touch of ambiance, also can be a big risk around clumsy dogs or little hands. For dogs, make sure all those beautiful meals you cooked up are kept well away from their reach.
Traveling? Keep Your Empty House Safe
If you’re planning on being away from home and visiting family for the holidays, take a few minutes to make sure your home isn’t flashing a big “easy target” sign to those up to no good. If you’ve already started decorating for Christmas, don’t leave gift piles out and visible. Let your neighbors know how long you’ll be gone so they can keep an eye out for any suspicious activity. Avoid posting specific travel plans on social media so that people don’t know your home and valuables will be unattended. Finally, installing a few auto-lights can make it look as if someone is home and deter burglary attempts.
A Fire-Free Thanksgiving is a Happy Thanksgiving
More than 66% of home fires are caused by flames from the stove or the oven. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Stay safe by keeping a fire extinguisher on hand just in case. Remember that grease fires need to be smothered and not put out with water, and a fire extinguisher specifically for grease fires is a good option to have. If you’re frying, grilling, or broiling something, don’t leave it unattended, as unattended cooking is the most common cause of cooking fires.
Just taking a little extra time can make a huge difference. Having good homeowners’ insurance is the first step to keeping your home safe, but prevention is the best form of protection. Keep your holidays safe and peaceful with these easy tasks. Happy Thanksgiving from your team at Atlantic Coast Insurance.