Think Safety this Christmas 

think safety this christmasThink Safety this Christmas 

As Christmas Day draws near we are all busy trying to do the last-minute shopping for presents and food. But how many of us in this madness of the festive period are also thinking about the safety of our homes? Sometimes we get so carried away with what’s to come we forget to think Safety this Christmas.

We want to have memorable Christmases for the right reasons, not that’s the Christmas when the thief stole the presents. Don’t get caught out because you didn’t think Safety this Christmas. As much as we would love to only focus on the joys of the festive period, remember it’s also an opportunist time.

*Chill Insurance have put together this infographic of the survey they conducted on Irish homeowners about common safety problems in winter. An astonishing 63% said they secure their homes during the festive period which is great but this number could improve with a few simple tips.

Tips for securing your home this Christmas 

  • Ensure all doors and windows are locked before you leave your house
  • If you’re traveling and leaving your home unattended then leave a light on. This gives the illusion someone is home.
  • To be even more cautious after family or close friends to check up on your place.
  • Make sure you have insurance for the building as well as the contents.
  • Keep variables out of sight by closing the curtains and blinds in your home.
  • Have an alarm system and/or a security camera too.

Safety is not the only concern we have to think about during the cold months of winter. When was the last time you had your boiler checked? A few weeks back my boiler started playing baggers but luckily my landlord had the boiler man over the next day. He was real handy and showed me how to check out boiler, heaters and how to release pressure. This is not a problem you want to be facing as the weather gets colder and colder. Make sure you have your boiler serviced so it doesn’t have a high chance of packing it in during your precious moments.

How are you going to ensure that you think Safety this Christmas? Are you traveling for the holidays or staying home?

Merry Christmas xoxo 

*Collaborative

  • Good to remember! Would be great to get some cameras installed around our property!

  • Leah Shafik

    Safety is so important around this time of year. It’s been SO icy round by us so it’s terrible for driving. x

    • Awww bless, you guys should definitely take extra care. Here it’s been fog then rainy

  • It’s funny because someone the car of someone I went to school with was stolen this morning! You wouldn’t think people could be so cruel around Christmas time but I guess people are caught unawares.

    • You wouldn’t but people can be so mean they don’t care what time of year they just think its a great score.

  • This is a great info graphic and it’s so important to think about safety! thanks for sharing x

    • You’re most welcome

  • I like this infographic. It gives some very good insights.

    • It sure does, thanks for stopping by

  • beautykinguk

    Thankfully we are not going too far this Christmas, but when we do, the neighbours are around to watch the cats for us.

    • That’s very important, if you have trustworthy neighbours to watch your place

  • francesca

    I get very nervous around Christmas time! We have an alarm to protect the house and we do various other things to keep protected after being burgled once before!

    • Awww dear I am sure it was not a pleasant experience and hopefully wont happen again

  • I know some people have some kind of schedulers that turn the lights on and off which I think is handy.

    • Yea sounds real handy especially if no one would be home for a while

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I think most people I know keep the lights on when they go away. In fact some of them have special timers to turn them on and off.

    • oooh that’s awesome having a time, will look into it for my parents

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    My mum always taught us to leave a light on as a safety measure. I’m staying home this Christmas!

    • My parents did too

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I am staying home this Christmas, but even still, you can never be too careful x

    • No you can’t so even then, being watchful is great practice

  • Mellissa Williams

    I’m staying home. These are some great tips. It’s also worth thinking about increasing your insurance if you have expensive presents.

    • That is so true, it could work out better in the long run

  • Nayna Kanabar

    I think people are so busy with christmas preparations they forget about home safety at christmas, this is a good post with great information.

    • Thanks Nayna and so true, hence why it was important for me to share this

  • Joanna

    Such an important read we always check our smoke alarms. We have a new boiler as ours went bang earlier this year. We glad it wasn’t during the colder months.

    • Oh that’s lucky as it would have been a pain like it was for me when the boiler gave in

  • Wow! It is quite high that 24% have not checked their smoke alarms! That is so dangerous x

    • It’s not something we often think about until either the battery dies or there is a fire/smoke lol

  • Such a great post and so important for everyone to read, luckily our house always has someone in x

    • That’s lucky for sure but precautions should still be taken

  • So important to keep things safe all year round!

  • Jo Wiggins

    I think it’s scary that 30% of people don’t know how to check their smoke alarm, it’s so important x

    • I was shocked too, I had to learn whilst at uni and dad had already showed me the basics whilst I was home

  • We’re at home fro Christmas but it always scares me that someone could break in and take all the presents before the big day x

    • Hahaha especially if you spent a fortune or even months paying for them

  • Such important tips, you have to be so careful at this time of the year x

    • Oh absolutely, its an opportunistic time

  • What a helpful infographic. I agree, safety is incredibly important over Christmas. I’m sure people will find this post useful x

    • Thanks Emma, I hope so

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    Safety is always important, we can often forget about it this time of year x

    • It is very important and pays to be mindful

  • Jodie Whitham

    It’s not things you think of immediately, or put off, but should never put off safety x

  • This is such a great reminder to think before you leave the house, many of us just go and don’t spare a second thought x

    • So true as I used to be one of them but now I am cautious

  • So many good points to consider here. You don’t want to lose everything to fire because of an electrical problem with your lighting, or have a break-in because you haven’t secured your home while you are away. Also always a good idea to check your heating system every year at the beginning of the season.

    • It’s better to be safe than sorry as having a fire or someone breaking in will cause you heartache and more money