Sunday, December 15, 2019

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Home holiday security and safety tips


Floyd Braun

Greetings everyone, I hope all is well with you and your families. This week I will cover some simple things you can do to make your home more secure, not only for the holidays that some readers celebrate and others do not, but also for year-round home security.

Holiday tree tips

• If you are someone who enjoys a live tree, here are a couple things to keep in mind if you purchase a pre-cut tree from a retailer. Look for a tree that, when shaken, loses only a few pines. Most trees are grown out of state so they can be up to a week old before you purchase them.

• Cut off one inch of the bottom so you have fresh plant tissue to absorb water.

• Use a stand that can hold at least one liter of water. Your tree will need water daily.

• Limit the amount of heat your tree receives. Keep it away from your forced air heating vents or wall heater.

• Artificial trees are not fireproof, but are often fire resistant. Inspect these trees yearly for loose items that can pose a choking hazard to a child or pet.

• Consider buying a live plantable tree. These are potted trees you can plant outdoors in the spring.

• Invest in LED holiday lights. They cost more but they last much longer and do not get hot.

• If you use traditional lights, replace them each year. These are not designed for long-term use.

Tips to safeguard your home

• Keep your holiday items inside, away from public view from the street.

• Never announce the purchase of a high ticket item on social media.

• If you plan to be away from home, do not announce this on social media.

• Do not use hide a key devices such as fake rocks in the yard. To a professional, these items are not a secret- they stick out and can be easily found.

• Use wood dowels as an extra layer of security to keep windows secure. Measure your window frames top to bottom or side to side depending on how they open. All of our local retailers can cut the dowels to size.

• Install deadbolts for all exterior doors, and if possible, use solid doors instead of hollow core doors. Deadbolts can range in price from $15.99 up to $600.00. If you can, have your lock custom keyed, which costs about $30.00 per lock. This