During this joyous time of the year where everything seems merry and bright, many people across the globe travel to see their beloved family members for the holidays. Here are some helpful tips on how to keep your home safe during the holidays from your local York, Pennsylvania real estate team, Professional Realty Associates.

1. Install a monitored security system.

The most practical and effective solution is to install your own personal home security system. By doing so, you are able to monitor your home from miles away. Depending on the security system, you can also receive notifications and updates through your phone if any suspicious activity takes place.

2. Communicate with a trusted family member or neighbor.

If you are going out of town for the holiday season, be sure to get in touch with a trusted family member or neighbor to frequently check-up on your home. Entrust this individual with a few chores, if willing, while you are away. Have them safeguard your mail, yard, and precious gifts you have received over the holidays. In order to follow local ordinances, you’ll also want to have the same individuals clear your sidewalks surrounding your home of any snow that may have accumulated over your time away. This will be beneficial as it will also deter burglars and any other unwanted trespassers.


3. Unplug your Christmas lights. 

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, December is the deadliest month for electrical fires. In order to ensure the safety of you, your family, neighbors, and your home be sure to inspect your Christmas lights for any frayed cords that may have developed over the last couple of months. For a complete guide on Christmas lights, read more here.


4. Purchase a freshly cut tree.

Try to buy a freshly cut pine tree - not only because they are more beautiful and green, but because they tend to hold more water, which will prevent ignition.


5. Check your smoke detectors.

Change the batteries in your smoke detectors annually to be prepared for any accidents that may occur. This will allow you to enjoy your travels worry-free!


6. Never connect more than one extension cord together.

This is a common mistake by many. By connecting multiple extension cords together you run the risk of causing a short power failure, which can lead to fires and meltdowns.


7. Watch what you post on social media.

Another tactic to prevent break-ins is to monitor the posts you put up on your personal social media pages. Stray away from posting anything that may indicate you will be traveling during the holiday season.

8. Be leery of door-to-door donation seekers.

Around the holidays it is not uncommon to receive unexpected knocks on your door from individuals who are asking for donations for different charitable causes. By all means, it is the giving season. However, be cautious as it could be a sham to acquire money from you or gather intel on when the best time would be to break into your home. Be wary, and do not give out any information or money without verifying their credentials.

By following these tips from Professional Realty Associates, you can enjoy the holidays knowing your home is safe and sound!