During the winter holidays, you want to be sure that your family is safe, secure, and protected. While winter in Florida means that you probably won’t have to take snow and ice into consideration, there are several factors that could impact the security of your home.
1. Don’t leave packages sitting on the porch. Try to track your shipments and be aware of when they’re going to come in so that you can get them in the house quickly.
2. Make sure to keep servicing all of your home systems up to date. You don’t want to be caught in the middle of bad weather with a broken air conditioner or heating unit when you need it most!
3. Use outdoor lighting to make it easier to see what’s coming toward your house. If you don’t want to have lighting on all the time, consider motion sensor lighting that will come on if anyone goes outside.
4. Arrange to have a friend check on your home if you’re going to be traveling over the holidays. Secure valuables, and consider having lights set to a timer so that it will appear as though there’s someone home even when there isn’t.
5. Be careful with your decorations. Try to avoid leaving lights on overnight: unplug them when you go to bed to help reduce fire hazards. You should also be careful to ensure that candles aren’t allowed too close to your tree. Also, be aware of the location of ornaments on the tree: small children and pets will inevitably be tempted by the most breakable ones.
6. Know your poisonous plants. Holiday plants are bright and colorful, but many of them are poisonous. If you have children and pets, be careful what plants you’re bringing home over the holidays.
7. If you’re hosting a holiday party, think ahead about how you’ll handle alcohol consumption. Consider taking up keys at the door, choosing designated drivers, or offering sleeping space to friends who are too inebriated to drive home.
If you’re ready to prepare your home for winter, Climate Design can help. Contact us today to learn how we can enhance your heating and air unit and get it running in tip top shape for the holiday and for the rest of the year.