The holiday season is just around the corner, meaning lights and décor, candles, and a whirlwind of cooking is in the near future! This Winter, take the time to discuss these few holiday safety tips for renters, to ensure no accidents will ruin anyone’s holiday celebrations!
Fire Safety Tips
With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other winter holidays a few days away, now is the time to discuss fire safety tips! According to data from the National Fire Protection Association, roughly 50% of house fires begin in the kitchen. To be fully prepared in the event of a worst-case scenario, ensure all smoke and CO detectors are working properly, and remember to check them regularly throughout the year.
If you are hosting any parties this Holiday season, be sure to be conscious of what is used in your kitchen! It is crucial not to overload any outlets with too many appliances. Doing so could blow a fuse, or even worse, start a fire! However, in the event of a fire, make sure you know the differences between fires and how to put them out; the outcome could be detrimental!
Holiday Décor Tips
Part of the joy of the Holiday season is decorating, but seasonal décor can also lead to potential disaster. Check your seasonal décor by checking for frayed wires, and corroded batteries. To avoid electrical circuits from overloading, don’t connect more than three strings of lights, and be sure to turn off electrical decorations when not in use. And when it comes to candles, don’t leave them burning unattended or overnight, and keep them away from items that could catch fire!
If your rental has a fireplace, gas, or woodburning, make sure to prepare it for the Winter season. Look into the fireplace and ensure that the flue is open, for the smoke to exit the home. When lighting the fireplace, move all items and decorations out of the way, to prevent any flying sparks from catching on anything.
If you have a live Christmas tree, be sure to keep the base bucket filled with water, to guarantee the tree does not dry out and become crispy. If the tree becomes too dry, any heat being emitted from the lights could potentially cause a disaster in your living room!
Although Georgia does not get as cold as other states, it is still crucial to take care of the exterior of your home during the Holiday season. Make sure exterior hoses, pipes, and spigots are covered and left dripping for the coldest winter months. The cold air can get inside the hoses and freeze the water left inside, causing internal damage that cannot be fixed. Check out inexpensive spigot covers to protect your pipes this Holiday season!
The holidays truly are a wonderful time of the year. Don’t let a seasonal accident ruin your holiday spirit! Follow these holiday safety tips for rentals to keep your property and your friends and family safe this season!
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