Holiday Safety Tips from Royal Pacific Realtors®Posted on December 22nd, 2016
The holiday season is here. Just as your Royal Pacific Realtor® takes care to match you with your perfect home, we also want to make sure you and your home stay protected over the holidays. These tips will keep the season safe and joyful.
Trees. If you’re buying a freshly cut tree, check for dry brittle needles that can become a fire hazard. Needles should bend easily without breaking. Leave the tree outdoors until you are ready to decorate. Place your tree in a low-traffic area away from heaters, fireplaces and doors. Place the tree in a sturdy base and water it daily.
Lights. Glittering lights can put your home at risk for fire. To avoid overloading your electrical system, use a circuit strip. Inspect cords and light sets and if damaged, discard. Never use lights with empty sockets. Turn off indoor and outdoor holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed. Fasten outdoor lights securely with insulated staples, not nails or tacks.
Decorating. Never use candles on trees. Buy flame resistant ornaments and use tinsel or artificial icicles made of plastic or non-lead metals. Stow extension cords away from high traffic areas around the tree. Avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable or have small removable parts that can be swallowed by children or pets. Poinsettias, holly and mistletoe can be harmful if eaten.
Fireplace. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, have it properly cleaned and screened. If your fireplace is gas, make sure it is properly vented and enclosed. Never leave a fire in your fireplace burning when you’re not home. Install and test smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors.
Protection. If you’re planning a vacation, don’t let your home advertise your absence. Create the illusion that you’re home by setting timers for indoor and outdoor lights. Leave blinds and curtains in normal positions. Leave a pair of muddy boots at your back door and the television and radio on to give burglars the impression you’re home. Never let your mail or newspapers pile up. Have a friend collect them or arrange for delivery to be stopped while you’re away. Consider hiring a house-sitter.
Snow and ice removal: winter increases your chance of slipping and falling outdoors. Clearing snow and ice from sidewalks beside commercial or multiple family dwellings is mandatory in the Metro Vancouver area. Property owners are responsible for clearing their sidewalks by 10:00 a.m. the morning after a snowfall. Please consider the safety of others and promptly remove snow and ice.
If you have questions, your Royal Pacific Realtor® will be happy to help.