It is also the season for home fires and theft.
Those probably aren’t the things you want to be thinking about when wrapping gifts and trimming the tree, but they’re a reality of the holiday season.
Sebastian urges all residents to be diligent in keeping their homes secure this holiday season with the following tips:
Home Security Tips
Keep your gifts out of direct view of a window. Thieves look for opportunities where they can smash a window and reach in and grab presents under a tree.
Do not advertise on social media that you will be traveling for the holidays. It’s an open invitation for someone to break into your home.
Give a spare key to a trusted neighbor instead of hiding one outside.
After Christmas do not put empty boxes for your new gadgets and electronics outside. This just advertises what you have in your home.
Fire Safety Tips
Home fires often occur during the cold winter months due to dangerous heating equipment or unsafe practices. Cal Fire urges homeowners to take the following precautions when heating the home.
- Never use flammable liquids or excessive amounts of paper to start or accelerate a fire.
- Never attempt to heat a structure with a device that was designed for outdoor use, such as a camp stove.
- Charcoal gives off lethal amounts of carbon monoxide. Do not burn it indoors.
- If using space heaters, be sure to keep them away from combustibles and turn them off before leaving a room.
With an residential home security system from Sebastian you will have peace of mind knowing that your home is safe even when you aren’t there to watch it. Our local, state-of-the-art monitoring center can respond to your alarm within seconds. We’ll help keep your family and property safe and protected throughout the year.