Home safety tips for the holidays
Storage: Be it storing things better for everyday access or to keep items out of the way in the long-term, we didn’t plan enough space. It’s something we are reminded of when we need to pull everything out of the corner cupboard in the kitchen to get something from the back.
I wish we had factored in a rubbish bin in a cupboard so we aren’t looking at our rubbish, or seeing all the storage boxes in the garage.
We have access under the new house, and will use it for storing our garden tools. Installing clips on the underside of the floor will give us a place to keep brooms and handled equipment, such as the rakes and shovels.
My advice: Consult the specialists. Ask your designer what storage solutions are available to make use of every bit of space.
Much like built-in wardrobes are designed to take care of all your clothes, consider what you can put in your kitchen to accommodate all your appliances, cooking gadgets and even herbs and spices.
Not only does it make the most of space, it saves you time if you can access things when you need to.
Install a pull-down attic stair in WITH the holidays just around the corner, homeowners are busy buying those last minute gifts, decorating twhe house and preparing the home for family and friends. Schedules tend to get more hectic as we get closer to the New Year, but nonetheless, homeowners need to always have home safety at the top of their minds. Whether it is hanging Christmas lights, setting up the tree, cooking a big holiday dinner or leaving for vacation, there are imperative safety precautions we must all take during the holidays. 1. Turn Christmas lights off at night
I know they look so much better at night and that is the real reason you bought Christmas lights. However, it is not only expensive to leave your Christmas lights on at night, but it is also dangerous for you and your entire family. In addition, you need to turn off LEDs: We may have been guilty of choosing aesthetics over function when it came to lighting in our first home.
Having invested a lot of money building the house, it was easy to choose standard lighting rather than spend more on LED lights.
But we didn’t factor in our time, and the hassle of changing bulbs more often, let alone the difference we could have made to our electricity bills. Cable installation: Major structural builds should last more than 15 years — but technology is moving faster than that. When we built in Whangarei, everyone was talking about Wi-fi and we ensured we had computer area where we could see what the kids were doing.
If we were in the same house now, the cabling wouldn’t be enough for the lights you put on your tree as well. The lights can short at any time and start a fire. While sleeping comfortably, there is no telling how much the fire could spread before you leave the home. 2. Don’t overburden electrical sockets
I would like to reiterate that December is the deadliest month for electrical fires. With Christmas lights illuminating, extra kitchen appliances operating and most likely, a bunch of new gadgets entering your house, homeowners tend to overburden their electrical sockets. You should never plug in more than one extension cord or power strip per socket.
We understand that you need to have dinner ready or want to use all the Christmas lights you have laying around in the basement, but electrical fires do happen and you are increasing your odds quite a bit by plugging in multiple power strips into one outlet. If the power strip is hot or you start to smell a weird odor around the outlet, turn all electronics off and cut back on the outlet’s usage. 3. Prepare home for vacation
As is the case every year, many homeowners visit loved ones or go on vacation during the holidays. Even though you are not home, your house is still at risk.
First and foremost, ask a neighbour to check in once and awhile. In case someone breaks in, someone needs to alert the police ASAP. Speaking of the police, notify them of your vacation plans. They should check in once a day if they know you are gone. Finally, pause your mail and newspaper. If these start to stack up on your yard or mailbox, you are pretty much broadcasting your vacancy for the holidays. Burglars love this.