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How to Keep Your Home Safe This ThanksgivingNovember 16, 2015

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks for what you have, spending time with friends and relatives, and enjoying the spirit of the holiday. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is also the time for unfortunate events like fires and robberies. The good news is that you can prevent many of these events yourself. Here are some tips for keeping your home safe this Thanksgiving holiday.

#1 – Install Smoke Detectors and Alarms

Whether you are cooking your very first Thanksgiving feast or your fortieth, remember that accidents can and do happen. A smoke detector with an alarm – and preferably one that is remotely monitored – can save your home and potentially your life in the event of an emergency. Even the most proficient chefs experience unexpected flares and even equipment malfunction, so make sure you have an alarm not only in your kitchen, but in hallways and in sleeping areas, as well.

#2 – Install a Home Security System

Thieves often choose the days before, during, and after the Thanksgiving holidays to target homes for many reasons. One, they know that people are out purchasing and storing expensive Christmas gifts for their friends and families, which gives them an easy target. Next, they also know that people tend to travel this time of year, which gives them access to plenty of empty homes. Invest in a remotely monitored home security system to protect your home against invasion, whether you plan to travel or not.

#3 – Keep Travel Plans Off of Social Media

If you will travel away from home for Thanksgiving, be careful who you tell. Posting your travel plans on Facebook may seem like the social thing to do, but remember that information tends to get around quickly on the internet. In fact, many thieves have taken to scouring their friends’ Facebook pages for information about who will or will not be home during the holidays, so even managing your privacy settings may not be enough. For the best possible protection, keep your travel plans quiet and only tell those who absolutely need to know.

#4 – Don’t Let Your Home Look Empty

When you leave your home, make sure to leave a few lights on – and perhaps even a radio – just to make it appear that someone is inside. Thieves will often not take a chance on confrontation, so if they truly believe someone is inside a home, they will usually move on. A great way to do this is to choose a designated and trustworthy friend or neighbor to come over and make your home look “lived in” from time to time. Turning random lights on and off each day can help make the illusion even more realistic.

Although most of us consider Thanksgiving one of the happiest and joyous celebrations of the year, things can quickly go wrong if you do not take the proper precautions. Install remotely-monitored fire detectors and home security systems, keep your travel plans quiet, and make it look like someone’s home when you leave. These things can go a long way toward protecting your home this Thanksgiving.

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