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Staying Safe Over the Holidays

It’s hard to believe, but unfortunately, break-ins and package theft are on the rise during this time of year. The most effective preventative measure in avoiding burglary is a security system, which can reduce the risk of break-in by up to 90%.

We have compiled a list of tips for those who may be travelling, or away from home over the winter:

  • Do not put your travel plans on social media, as you may be tipping off thieves
  • Ask a trusted friend or family member to watch your house while you are away
  • Leave a light on if you are away, as empty houses are perceived as easy targets (Check out Liberty’s Smart Home products to control your lights from wherever you are)
  • If external holiday lights are run through a window or door, this crack can be seen as a point of entry for a would-be burglar
  • Request a signature for your deliveries, so packages cannot be left on your doorstep. Alternatively, schedule deliveries for a time you will be home, or pick packages up from a local drop-off point

Liberty offers 24/7 monitoring of your home, and in the case of a break-in or emergency, will alert the authorities. Want to find out even more ways Liberty can keep your home safe over the holidays? Call 1-866-926-7233 or visit Liberty Security for your free quote today.

Here is an additional list of household tips to increase awareness of potential hazards over the holidays:

  • Keep sidewalks and steps shovelled and de-iced to prevent slips and falls
  • Ensure lights strung outdoors are lights meant for outdoor use, additionally, follow the label for the number of light sets that can be connected end-to-end
  • Any lights that have cracked bulbs, frayed cords, or loose connections should be thrown out
  • Turn off all lights when you go to bed
  • Christmas trees should be kept away from heat sources, and should not block doorways.
  • Ensure that live trees are well watered throughout the holiday season. If a tree has dried out, it poses a greater fire hazard.
  • Having a working fire extinguisher in the case of a fire as the risk is increased at this time of year is helpful
  • Keep ladder safety in mind when putting up lights outdoors, or hanging ornaments
  • Any candles should be placed on a stable surface, away from curtains and other flammable items, and out of the reach of pets and children. Do not leave any candles lit in rooms you are not in.
  • Ensure that heating appliances are plugged directly into an outlet rather than using an extension cord, and that the wires are not frayed.
  • Do not overload outlets; only use one extension cord, and do not connect extension cords
  • Holiday plants like poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe can be toxic for pets

Written by Victoria Etheridge

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