How to Keep Your Home Safe During the Holidays

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The winter is on its way, and even though it means the arrival of cold weather and short days, it also means hot chocolate, warm fires, cozy clothes, and best of all, the holiday season. However you intend to celebrate throughout the winter months, there is one place that you want to remain safe and protected—your home. Whether you intend to spend every day at home huddled underneath a blanket, or you are planning a lengthy vacation to soak up some sun or hit the slopes, it is important to take necessary precautions to protect your house throughout the winter months. Here are some suggestions to help you out.

Home Security

The first and most obvious way to protect your house is to invest in home security. Although there are many companies who offer professional services these days, you do not necessarily have to hire one of them to get the same results. You can look into installing a DIY system yourself. This should include a house alarm that is attached to motion detectors throughout the first floor of your house. It should also include video surveillance, but if that is too expensive, even a dummy camera can be enough of a deterrent to intruders. You might also want to look into automatic locks for your doors and keypad entry.

This might sound like a lot, so before you make your decision on taking the DIY route, you might first want to consider whether it is worth the money and effort that it takes. You might find that there is a professional option that is right in your price range. A lot of professional options will also give you added bonuses, such as an app that allows you to access the system from your phone or perhaps even other home automation features such as automated temperature or lighting control.

If home security is not your thing, you might want to look into other ways to keep your home safe during the winter holidays. Here are some of the other things that you can do:

  • Get a dog – dogs are noisy and are a great deterrent for home intruders. Even if your dog is not in the least bit scary, there is a good chance that burglars will see your home as not worth the effort.
  • Take precautions – double check your doors before you go to sleep at night. Don’t leave a spare key somewhere outside your house. Don’t broadcast online when you are going out. A lot of home security is nothing more than common sense.
  • Get a house sitter – when you go away on vacation, ask a friend to stay at your house, or even just get someone to come and take in your mail and water your plants every day. Burglars look for signs that a house is not being lived in.
  • Automate your lighting – a big sign that a house is empty is that the lights do not go on or just the same light is on every night. If you automate your lights, you can solve this problem.

Lindsey Patterson is a freelance writer who specializes in technology and the latest social trends, specifically involving social media.

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  1. Yeah well it always been a special concern for all those people how buy homes or even who own their own house. The concern arises at its at most level when they just leave the house for some purpose say for vacation or say for even shopping. Whenever they get outside they wanted their home to be safe.

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