It feels like Halloween was just yesterday, but it’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away! Can’t you almost taste the turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie?! Not to mention that there’s the all-day football to tune in and watch. (If you haven’t paid attention, the game lineup includes: Chicago Bears v. Detroit Lions; Philadelphia Eagles v. Dallas Cowboys; Seattle Seahawks v. San Francisco 49ers.)
Yes, Thanksgiving is a special time of year. We get to spend time with loved ones and friends, have some laughs and hopefully make some long-lasting memories. But, despite all of this, home safety and security cannot be ignored or forgotten. Realistically, there are many house fires and home break-ins that occur on this special day.
If you are one of the many people who are planning to travel this Thanksgiving, make sure your home is well-protected while you are away. Did you know that homes with a home monitoring system are three times less likely to be burglarized? When there are approximately over 2,000,000 home invasions every year (or one every 14 seconds), home security protection has become necessity.
On top of having an alarm system, you can also do these following measures to help protect your home:
- Trim back bushes and trees away from entry points.
- Setup programmable light and appliance timers if you’ll be away for several days.
- Contact USPS to hold your mail; if you have a newspaper subscription, also contact them to hold your daily delivery.
- Ask a trusted neighbor to watch over your home.
Regarding fire safety during Thanksgiving, be extra cautious when preparing your holiday meal— as many house fires originate from the kitchen. More cooking fires happen on this single day than any other. And if you are planning on deep frying a turkey, please be aware that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) warns against using outdoor gas-fueled fryers. These often use a lot of hot oil that can quickly get out of control and start a grease fire. State Farm Insurance estimates that deep fryers cost over $15 million in property damage each year.
From all of us at ADT, be safe while enjoying your Thanksgiving! Hopefully it’s incident-free and truly a great time for you and your loved ones.