Sebastian’s Holiday Safety Tips

Posted on December 17, 2014

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‘Tis the season to deck the halls and celebrate with friends and family! This can be a hectic time of year but make sure you take the proper precautions to keep your home safe this holiday season.

Keep the Grinch Away From Your Home

  • While your home may be filled with holiday cheer, there may be a Grinch lurking in the shadows ready to steal your Christmas spirit. Follow these tips from our home security experts to ensure your holiday is everything you hoped for and more!
  • 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.
  • When possible, have your online shopping packages sent to your workplace so they don’t sit by your front door unattended all day.
  • After Christmas do not put empty boxes for your new gadgets and electronics outside. This just advertises what you have in your home.
  • Don’t hide a key outside of your home. Give a spare to a trusted neighbor or friend.

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

May your Christmas be merry and bright with these tips from The National Fire Protection Association:

  • U.S. fire departments annually respond to an average of 230 home structure fires caused by Christmas trees per year. One of every three are caused by electrical problems, and one in six result from a heat source that’s too close to the tree.
  • If you have an artificial tree, be sure it’s labeled, certified or identified by the manufacturer as fire-retardant. If you choose a fresh tree, make sure the green needles don’t fall off when touched; before placing it in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk. Add water to the tree stand, and be sure to water it daily.
  • Make sure your tree is not blocking an exit, and is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, candles and heat vents or lights.
  • Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory, and make sure you know whether they are designed for indoor or outdoor use. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords, or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving the home or going to bed.
  • After Christmas, get rid of the tree. Dried-out trees are a fire hazard and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside the home.

Nothing is more important than the safety of your family and home. Sebastian’s local, state-of-the-art monitoring center can respond to your alarm within seconds, to help keep your family and property safe and protected. Whatever your needs and whatever your budget, we can design and install a security system that’s right for you.

 

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