If you’re heading off on holiday, you will want to travel with the peace of mind that your home is safe. One of the key things is to disguise the fact your property is vacant, as if burglars notice signs that suggest no one is at home, they will see it as an open invitation to try and get their hands on your prized possessions.
When the cold wind begins to blow, the first thing that comes to mind may not be Christmas holiday safety tips. But I assure you that these are far more vital than remembering to get extra batteries for the kids’ toys. After all, you don’t want to waste the holidays by missing out on all the activities.
One of the primary considerations while managing a condo complex is safety. To reduce hazards, you should be properly prepared and take proactive actions. It is the board’s responsibility to guarantee that building operations and residents’ safety are protected at all times. The following are some of the important issues you should address in this respect.
How Do You Keep Safe On Christmas?
However, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season might cause you to miss a few holiday season safety hazards that you should be aware of. Here are a few examples of things I try to pay extra attention to. If you’re looking for even more advice, have a look at these useful tips.
Replace Old Lights and Use Them Correctly
The lights bring holiday cheer for sure, but they can be a safety hazard. Use indoor lights indoors and outdoor lights outdoors, and always turn them off when leaving the house or going to bed. Be sure to replace light sets that have broken sockets or frayed wires.
Be Mindful of Poisonous Plants
Eating mistletoe is actually toxic. Keep it away from pets, along with other potentially poisonous plants like holly berries, Jerusalem cherry, and amaryllis.
Practice Car Safety When Traveling
Driving safely is always essential, but the holiday travel season may be especially hazardous. Before embarking on a road trip, get your car maintained, bring an emergency kit, and allow additional time to prevent hurrying. If you’re driving in snow or ice, slow down and wait for snowplows and sanding trucks to clear the roads before continuing your journey.
Keep your valuables safe
Keep valuables out of sight and don’t leave them where they can be seen through a window.
If you intend to conceal valuables in your home, avoid obvious hiding places such as your sock drawer, in a fake food can in the kitchen – burglars are wise to this trick – and in the freezer, unless you are prepared to wrap absolutely everything in foil to make your jewelry totally indistinguishable from your food.
Your best bet is not to leave anything you would hate to lose in the house at all, but if you must, then in order to save most of your treasure, your second-best bet is to distribute it around several locations that are difficult to reach and leave a pile of money and some inexpensive items in a more obvious place.
Given that most burglars are opportunists and their motive is generally to get in, get something of value and then get out as fast as possible, your intruder might be encouraged to leave after finding your fake hoard rather than ripping the house apart in the hope of finding the real deal.
Keep an eye out for online shopping scams.
Unfortunately, the holiday shopping season is rife with deception. While shopping, double-check that the website URL is accurately spelled—fraudulent websites with similar spelling might deceive you into providing your credit card information. Check that the payment page address begins with “https” (the “s” stands for “secure”) before you check out. In addition, never, ever open a link in an unsolicited email.
Don’t Make the Tree a Fire Hazard
Be conscious of fire safety to prevent the tragedy of Clark Griswold’s tree in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Allow the tree seller to chop off approximately 2 inches of the trunk to expose young wood for increased water absorption, and keep water in the tree stand at all times. Maintain a distance of at least three feet between your tree and radiators or fires. If you buy a fake tree, be sure it’s labeled “fire-resistant.”
Properly Secure the Tree
Nobody wants Santa to be crushed by a downed Christmas tree. Make sure your tree is firmly fastened with a sturdy, non-leaning stand. If you have a new tree, don’t whittle or trim the trunk to suit your stand; this will weaken the tree.
Make sure that everyone is provided training on how to take precautions for fire safety and also how to act in case of an emergency. This training should be provided by certified fire safety experts. The security personnel should be trained on how to initiate smoke control, start emergency generators, and exhaust fans. It will be best if all the supervisory members know how to start and use these emergency services.
Ensure that your residents are well informed about the following fire hazard and safety points:
• They should know where the fire alarms are located on their floor and how to use them.
• Make sure a place is arranged outside the building for everyone to meet after leaving the building. And everyone should know about this place.
• Everyone should know how to escape from the building when there is a fire.
• The building should have smoke alarms and make sure they are always working. There should be at least one alarm for each level. The residents should also be trained on how to protect themselves from smoke.
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