Holiday Safety Tips For Home and Car

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 Holiday ornaments and a candle

The holidays bring much cheer and joy to winter.  The holidays give us a chance to relax and enjoy the good things in life; family, friends, and the renewed spirit of goodwill.

Here are some great tips to make sure your holiday season is safe one.

For Your Home:

  • Wash Your Hands – keeping your hands clean will help you to avoid the dreaded holiday cold.
  • Keep Warm – it’s great to get outside for that family sleigh ride, but remember to wear layers of clothing.
Related read: 5 Tips to Winterize Your Home

Outdoor Trees with many lights

  • Light up Right – Avoid plugging in too many lights into a single outlet and don’t overload circuits with plugs and extension cords.  Holiday lights aren’t meant for continuous use and can deteriorate becoming a hazard.  When the holidays are over take down your lights.
  • Throwing a Party – Make sure that if you’re serving alcohol that everyone has a safe means of getting home or that you have enough spaces for people to stay overnight.
  • Secure Your home – if you’re out with friends or family, keep your home locked and keep your curtains closed.  Having lights on timers will help ensure thieves don’t target your home for a holiday harvest.

For Your Car:

  • Keep Gifts Hidden – when shopping keep your purchases in the trunk of your car and out of sight.

Young Woman Shopping Holding Shoping Bags

  • Change Parking Spots – After you’ve dropped off your purchases at your car, but have more shopping consider driving to a new parking spot to avoid being targeted by thieves.
  • Travel Safely – give yourself extra time when the weather turns bad.  Remember it is okay to reschedule!

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  • Lights are Good – park in well-lit areas and be aware of your surroundings as you return to your vehicle.

  • Emergency Kit – having an emergency kit with blankets, flares and jumper cables is a must.  Carry a shovel and some deicing salt in case you get stuck.

If your home or vehicle has been broken into and items are stolen you need to file a claim as soon as possible.  Your auto insurance policy will provide coverage for damage to your vehicle, but any contents stolen would be covered on your property policy.  Call your broker if you have any questions about possible claims.

Have any holiday safety tips of your own?  Please share in the comments section below.

Have a safe, happy, wonderful holiday season and may the New Year bring prosperity and joy.

Thanks for reading.


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