Avoid chaos at your home this silly season

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With more people away from their homes, and the race on to make everything perfect for Christmas, people often overlook potential dangers around the home at this time of year.
Unattended candles, Christmas lights hooked up to overloaded power boards and boxes piled up against walls can all turn a happy ho ho ho into a Christmas disaster – ho ho no!
So, here are some simple steps to reduce the risks of damage and theft at your home and/ or investment property this festive season:
  • If you’re heading on holidays, don’t hide spare keys under rocks, in flowerbeds, or above door ledges. Give the spare key to a trusted friend or neighbour.
  • If you’re a landlord, ask your tenants to let you know if they are going away and offer to keep an eye on the property. Remind them to lock up securely before they leave.
  • Outdoor lights burning 24 hours a day, piled up newspapers and junk mail are giveaways that a house is unoccupied. Supply your tenants with an inexpensive light timer if they are heading away and ask a neighbour to collect papers and mail.
  • It’s common at Christmas time to run exterior light cords through a window preventing it from being properly secured – a major security risk. Hire an electrician to install an inexpensive exterior outlet for any exterior lights at your property.
  • Ensure Christmas trees and gifts are not displayed in a front window so they are easily visible from the street. Burglars may be tempted to smash the window and grab the wrapped packages.
  • Never leave candles unattended and be sensible when decorating by not overloading one power outlet with thousands of lights. If you’re inspecting your rental property keep an eye out for these potential dangers.
  • Post-Christmas, don’t pile all the boxes from new gifts, such as electronics, in the street in full view. Break them down and put them inside the bins out of sight.
  • As the festive fun wraps up, update your insurance policy if you receive any high-value items or invest in the post-Christmas sales.
If the worst does happen, your insurance policy is there to cover losses and damage to your home or investment property.