As the holiday season approaches, it is very important for us to stop for a moment and consider home safety. According to Allstate Insurance, there are about 67,500 home insurance claims during the holiday season, mostly due to fires. However, flooding and other issues can also take place during the holidays without the proper care taken to ensure that homes are safe from damage
J&M Keystone is a San Diego company that not only provides professional cleanup and restoration services but also shares information to help you and your family avoid home disasters during the holidays. Follow these simple tips to keep everyone safe and happy at this special time of year.
FIRE RISKS OCCUR DURING THE HOLIDAYS
Home fires jump 15 percent during the holiday season, with candles listed as the most likely culprits. However, faulty lighting and wiring of Christmas decorations can also cause a serious fire. Cooking fires also contribute to the problem.
What can you do to prevent holiday fires? The most important thing is to pay attention. Never overload a wall or exterior socket or plug more strings of lights in a series than recommended by the manufacturer, and do not use old or broken lights or decorations. If in doubt, leave it out!
Additionally, monitor cooking carefully, especially when children are involved. You should never leave an oven unattended, so if you are planning on doing some baking, be sure you can be on hand during the baking time as well as the prep time. Be careful when cooking with oil and grease to prevent a home fire, also.
Flooding is not a disaster that is as closely associated with the holidays as fire, but many floods do happen during this time, often due to unusual pressure on plumbing systems and dishwashers from constant use by visitors and family. It is very easy for a leaky pipe to give way, for your old washing machine hose to burst or for that old water heater to finally blow. Therefore, if you are entertaining guests and you have had problems with your plumbing, get it fixed before they arrive. Now is a good time to check the hoses and connections for your washing machine, dishwasher and water heater to ensure they are in good shape. This may help you prevent an untimely accident and subsequent flooding of your home.
If you do experience water or smoke damage, be sure to talk to the experts at J&M Keystone today. We can help you put your house back to normal quickly and easily.
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