The holiday season is upon us and we can see the festive décor popping up all over the place. It’s one of our favorite times of the year, but it can also be one of the most dangerous for our tenants. Here are a couple of tips for staying safe this holiday season:

1. Avoid fire hazards
The U.S Fire Administration states that more home fires occur during the winter than in any other season. Space heaters, fireplaces (real or fake) and decorations are usually to blame. Be sure to only plug one heating source into an outlet at a time and never leave candles burning or lights plugged in for extended periods of time!

2. Be careful outside
We all know what it’s like to have an ice filled walkways during the winter season. Keep your walkways clear of snow as much as possible and coat stubborn iced spots with inexpensive outdoor salt.

3. Theft prevention
Sadly, the holidays are a prime time for burglars to break into apartments and homes. Keep your doors and windows locked at all times and whenever possible leave your travel plans off social media. Also, make sure to break down any boxes you receive as gifts (game consoles, TVs, laptops, etc.) and dispose of all extra packaging into the trash or recycling.

4. Renters insurance
If you haven’t already invested in renters insurance, now is a great time to start. It’s relatively cheap per month and SO worth it. Renters insurance covers your personal property and may have some additional liability or living expense coverage.