A Quick Home Holiday Safety Check You Can Do Yourself
Updated: Jan 25
If you've recently moved into a new home in the Carolinas congratulations! We certainly hope you didn't skip the home inspection part that can point out many safety concerns. (See what we did there?) Whether you are a first-time homebuyer spending the first holiday season in your new home or if you are enjoying yet another holiday in the place you call home this is a good time to remind yourself of the safety precautions you should take all year round. It's also a great opportunity for you to be sure that your home is in top shape before you invite people over. As the holidays approach, it's important to make sure your home is safe and secure for when family, friends, and guests are at your house. Whether they're coming for dinner or staying overnight, here are some things you can do to help ensure that it's a happy holiday season.
Preparing for Guests
Someone you know and love is coming to your home and staying overnight. To ensure that it's a happy holiday time for both of you, make sure your guest's room has everything they need for a comfortable stay.
-Make the bed with fresh sheets and fluffy pillows.
-Provide towels and toiletries if they forgot them.
-Give your guests some quiet time before they go to sleep. You can even ask if they want to go to bed early or simply have quiet time to read in their room.
-Consider providing a night light for children who might be sleeping in your home.
Safety Tips for Cooking
Cooking is always a favorite holiday activity. To make sure that you're cooking safely, follow these guidelines:
1. Always use the correct pan size for the recipe you are using.
2. Keep an eye on your stovetop by scrubbing it with a dry paper towel to check for hot spots.
3. For dishes that require one pot or pan, cook them in the same pot or pan so they can share flavors and cooking time together.
4. Never leave your stove unattended while cooking.
Safety at Home
It's important to keep your home safe during the holidays, whether you're hosting family or friends for dinner or staying up late with guests.
Some popular safety items are smoke detectors (test these often, replace the batteries and replace the detectors after their lifespan!), fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors. If you have younger children at home, it's also a good idea to have childproof locks installed on cabinets that contain cleaning supplies or other hazardous materials.
Keep in mind that if you're bringing pets into the house, they will need their own safety items. Make sure you have pet-friendly mats under sinks and stove areas to protect them from slipping, as well as pet-sized first aid kits (these are a thing) on hand in case of emergencies.
Lastly, if you live in an apartment complex or similar--make sure your guests know where the emergency exits are in case of an emergency. You can usually find this information online or by asking your landlord or property manager where they are.
We hope these tips will help you stay safe and happy throughout the holiday season.
No one wants to be the person who ends up in the emergency room, so start this holiday season off right by taking a few minutes to prepare. From all of us at Bannon Home Inspections, have a safe and enjoyable holiday season!