Although the festive season is a time for lots of family fun, it’s also important to ensure you keep your home safe.
Decorating the house, visiting relatives and exchanging gifts; ‘tis certainly the seasons to be jolly! Even though the festive season is a time for lots of family fun, it’s also important to ensure you keep your home safe. We’ve put together this handy guide to help you make sure your family enjoys this most wonderful time of year.
First things first, with winter comes chilly - often icy- weather, which can cause frozen pipes to burst. Avoid this ordeal by ensuring they’re properly insulated well in advance of the festive season.
Also remember to check your heating system is ready for the winter months and have your boiler serviced annually. Make sure your chimney is regularly swept.
Another winter tip is to keep your attic door open, allowing the heat to spread throughout the house. Keep an eye out for any cracks which might be causing drafts, and cover them up. If you’re heading away over Christmas, ask a neighbour or friend to pop into your house every few days. They’ll spot any oddities, like leaks or water damage, pretty quickly.
There’s nothing quite like the cosy glow of a house full of Christmas decorations, and putting up the tree is a fun event for all the family. Make sure though that all your fairy lights comply with EU safety standards, and check the bulbs before plugging anything in.
Equally important, keep an eye on little ones, as some decorations, and the plastic bags they come in, can be safety hazards. Remember to unplug all your decorations before leaving the house.
With the Christmas party season in full swing, opportunistic burglars may choose to take advantage of empty homes. Give the illusion that there’s someone home by leaving a light or two on when you leave (one with a timer is ideal, and make sure curtains are pulled so that expensive gifts can’t be seen through the window.
It’s more important than ever to ‘Check, Lock &Leave’; Christmas season can be hectic with people coming and going, so make sure to take a moment to ensure all doors are locked before you head out. Alarms should be turned on even if you’re only popping out for a few minutes. And remember to be careful checking in on social media when you’re out and about!
Like every other time of the year, it is always important to have home insurance. If the unexpected happens, you want to know that your home is covered. Hooper Dolan Insurances has competitive rates available on home insurance, telephone 051 860600 or call into our office at 31 The Mall, Waterford.