Holiday Safety Information To Keep Your Home Safe

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This holiday season, keeping your home and your family safe are the most important “gifts” you can give to your family. Burglary during this season seems to be  more common because of the opportunity thieves see if they are targeting your home. 

Installing fire detectors in your home and making sure they are in working order can alert you in case of fire because of malfunction of your christmas lights or other electrical decorations in your home.

Keeping your family and home safe during this time of year should be a priority for you.  Follow the links below for more information about this topic.


9 Holiday Safety Tips To Keep Your Home Secure

The holiday season is in full swing. For most of us, that means increased charity and giving. Thieves, however, view the holiday season as an increased opportunity to take and steal.

Whether you are staying home this year or visiting family, we want you, your family and your home to be safe. With these nine tips, you can ensure the safety of what matters most to you.

Make sure your gifts and valuables are not visible from the street. If a criminal can easily see what is in your home, you increase the chance they will be tempted to come inside to steal the items.

Put your holiday lights on an automatic timer. This prevents thieves from “learning” your habits by taking not of when your lights are turned on and off. It is also a good idea to put your indoor lights on an automatic timer if you are vacationing for the holidays.

Secure your home. Make sure all your doors and windows have functioning locks and install a home security system. The easiest way for thieves to get into your home is through welcoming unlocked doors and windows. Do not store a spare key outside.


Holiday Home Safety Tips

The winter holidays are a time for celebration, and that means more cooking, home decorating, entertaining, and an increased risk of fire and accidents. InterNACHI recommends that you follow these guidelines to help make your holiday season safer and more enjoyable.

Holiday Lighting
    • Use caution with holiday decorations and, whenever possible, choose those made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant and non-combustible materials.
    • Keep candles away from decorations and other combustible materials, and do not use candles to decorate Christmas trees.
    • Carefully inspect new and previously used light strings, and replace damaged items before plugging lights in. If you have any questions about electrical safety, ask an InterNACHI inspector during your next scheduled inspection. Do not overload extension cords.
    • Don’t mount lights in any way that can damage the cord’s wire insulation.  To hold lights in place, string them through hooks or insulated staples–don’t use nails or tacks. Never pull or tug lights to remove them.

Holiday Safety Tips

The following Holiday Safety Tips were compiled, in cooperation with the LAPD Crime Prevention Section, to contribute to the safety and security of people during the holiday season. The holiday season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. We can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware. Please share this information with family, friends and neighbors. The Los Angeles Police Department wishes you a safe, happy and peaceful holiday season.

Driving

  • Avoid driving alone or at night.
  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.
  • If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area.
  • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.

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