This Holiday season, while different than ones that most of have experienced in the past, is not void of dangers for your home and your family. As we begin our celebrations here are some tips to help you stay safe.
Inspect any Christmas
...lights for broken or cracked bulbs and connections and replace any that are broken. If using an extension cord to connect multiple strings of lights, place it securely against a wall to ensure that no one trips and falls.
Keep an eye on your garbage
Except for the Scrooge in your life, most people enjoy giving and receiving gifts, especially during the holidays. After you’ve completed your gift exchange, dispose of the product boxes and packages in stages (recycle if possible) making sure not to place boxes from large expensive items where people who might be driving by can see exactly what that new electronic gadget is that you unwrapped. Even better, if possible, dispose of those packages and boxes at a public waste facility where others will not see the item's contents.
Keep your home well lit!
This is a tip for all times of the year, but especially now during the Holidays when burglaries tend to be on the rise. Burglars might not be fooled into thinking you’re actually at home if the lights or TV are on, or even if you have an automatic interior timer light, but it will serve as a deterrent as the last thing a thief wants is to be conducting their illegal business in the bright lights.
Take an Uber, Lyft or other ride sharing service
...or choose a designated driver if partaking in adult beverages. Nothing wrong with enjoying some libations, especially during the holidays. But, if you’re going to drink, make sure to be smart about your decisions. Hire a ride, have a sober person drive you home, or stay where you are until you are completely sober. If you haven’t been drinking, though, you still need to be aware of your surroundings, understanding that there is a dramatic increase in drunk driving fatalities during the Holiday season. Keep aware of who is around you, where they are, their speed, habits and take an alternate route or even pull over if necessary.
Review your home and property insurance.
No better time than the end of the year to make sure the insurance protection you have is properly aligned with your life circumstances and LFIG can help. Schedule a 10-15 minute policy review, even if you’re not insured with us, and find out if you’re paying too much for too little coverage on your Dallas homeowners insurance.