Do you sing carols during the holidays? We do! We love karaoke so much we wrote this home insurance checklist. Sing along and know how to protect your home this holiday season.
On the first insurance Christmas, my true love gave to me
Outdoor lights and extension cords
Outdoor cords use tough exteriors made to endure through moisture and temperature changes. Using indoor extension cords outside can lead to overheating and worse, fire. Grounded (three-prong) extensions cords reduce the risk of electrical shock and fire. The ground, or rounded part of the connection, should be plugged into an outlet, rated for outdoor use, with a protected cover. Do not use a power bar outside, or at least make sure it’s properly rated.
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
If you’re using candles, be mindful of the damage they could cause. Keep them away from toddlers, use wide bases to keep them steady, and blow them out before going to bed
On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
New 9V batteries
To replace in my smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, of course
On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A fire extinguisher
If your turkey or tree catch fire, you’ll want the necessary tools to put it out quickly and effectively. The worst times make the best stories when there is a positive outcome.
On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A water shut off
Ensure your exterior water line is closed and not dripping. Then, empty that water line if you can. If it’s not possible, or you’re not sure how – contact a plumber to have one installed. The pipe carrying your water is meant to carry flowing water. If the water has nowhere to go, your pipe bursts. If your pipe bursts, and there is no shut off, you’ll have a flooded basement.
On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Make sure your eavestroughs are clear of debris and the downspouts are pouring onto soil or into a rain barrel. You don’t want them pouring out on to the side of your house. Water always moves to its lowest point which could be the foundation in your house, and if it leaks through, it could hit your basement floors. Keep snow, and its eventual thaw, away from your foundation by shovelling.
On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A shovel and some salt
Don’t let snow sit on your sidewalk and turn into slippery ice. You’ll spend more time removing hardened snow then you will just shovelling it while it’s coming down (or shortly thereafter). Be prepared with shovels, ice scrapers, and salt. Shovel and salt your driveway, sidewalk, and walkway to your house and its steps. You don’t want someone to file a liability claim against you for slipping on, or off, your steps, and injuring themselves.
On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A smart thermostat
if you’re travelling for the holidays, monitor the heat in your home through an app to protect those pipes from freezing and bursting.
On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A kitchen timer
Don’t leave grilling, frying, or broiling food unattended. I know, the kids are screaming and running around, your in-laws are bothering you, someone spiked the bowl of egg-nog but leaving food unattended and you’re risking fire or worse, a dried out turkey. Also, keep your surfaces clutter free so you have somewhere to put that hot pan when you take it out.
On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A well-watered tree
The good news is whether your tree is real or fake, rarely do they catch fire. If you are using a real one for the fresh pine air, keep it well watered and away from sources of heat. Never use candles on the tree.
On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A checklist of insurable items
If it’s been a while since you reviewed your home insurance, that $2000 TV you nought in ‘05 may not be worth as much. You can get new home insurance quotes and take an inventory of your valuables and add new items to the list. With gifts, you can take pictures of the gifts with their receipts and consider storing them in the cloud for easy access from anywhere. Should a fire or thief rob you of those gifts, you can make a claim with digital proof.
You’ll also want to keep personal records – passports, birth certificates, etc. in a safe place. Photo backups are good here, too. If you can put everything in a fireproof, and locked safe, even better.
On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave me to me
A food delivery app
If you’re intoxicated, best to order in. You’re not ruining a home-cooked meal, you’re keeping the fun times going.
No matter how you choose to celebrate the holidays, put safety first and leave your worries behind. Stay protected this year – be safe and remember, ‘tis the season to be merry, not worry!
Photo by Bob Ricca on Unsplash
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