Ready or not, the holidays are upon us. Since I became an insurance agent, my first thought usually isn’t about whether or not the decorations are aesthetically pleasing any more. Unfortunately, in our line of business we see and hear about disasters and mishaps over the holidays that cost clients damage, money and stress.
So as an ode to the season of giving, we present you with 5 tips of what NOT to do when prepping your home for the holidays.
In preparing your home for the holidays DO NOT:
· Combine dry garland and candles. This is a cry for disaster. Stick with the flame-less candles for this one. Same effect with much less risk.
· Overload electrical outlets. Insert no more than three strands of lights into one outlet. I know it can be difficult to get rid of those "vintage" bulbs you have cherished since you were a child, but please do not use any wiring that is cracked, bare, rusted or is worn and torn.
· Leave your driveway slippery for guests. If you are having company over, be sure to clear any water (or ice, if it ever gets to that point in San Antonio) from sidewalks and driveway and make sure all cords are out of the way as well. You do not want to take Aunt Betty to the emergency room when you should be making memories.
· Leave your cooking unattended. Chances are if you are having people over, you might be using your kitchen/grill more than normal. Do not forget to keep towels, papers, pot holders and other flammables away from the cooking area. Be sure to keep an eye on what you are cooking, and do not let the little ones anywhere near the cooking area.
· Ignore your smoke alarms. Check the batteries and test each smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors (CMD) to ensure they are working properly. Smoke alarms/CMD save lives and can provide for an excellent turkey timer, as they have in my household.
Happy Holidays from our family to yours! Be safe and aware of your surroundings so as to limit exposure to potential hazards.