Friday, November 22, 2013

Staying Safe for the Holidays

Enjoying the Holidays

Everyone loves the holiday season - at least I know I do! It's my favorite time of the year.  Decorations are up earlier than expected this year, seasonal music will soon start filling the airwaves, the temperature starts to cool down, and the tree goes up with presents slowly filling the space beneath it. 

As home owners and tenants, it's important to remember though, that safety, though not always on the top of our mind during this season, is important so we don't interrupt the wonderful cheer. 

Things to think about:

  • Thanksgiving Dinner - Keep an eye on the stove/oven - especially if you're doing some frying.  The worst way to end your Thanksgiving feast is with a house fire. 
  • Outlets - with Christmas decorations and lights going up, be sure you aren't overloading the outlets - a sure sign is if your lights all go out - reset the breaker and re-think how you're setting them up.  
  • Christmas Tree - If you are putting up a real tree, though beautiful and frangrant, these are highly flamable, so be sure not to leave lights on overnight, and to keep it away from a heat source.  If your tree catches fire, you can bet it will get the rest of your house.
  • Christmas Wrapping - often times we do our Christmas wrapping out on the floor of the living room, or on our desk and leave supplies out.  Just a reminder that especially if you have children, be careful of leaving items such as scissors out in an easily reachable area. 
I hope you will find these tips helpful during the holidays! Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Amanda Frazier, RA
Property Manager and head of Government Affairs Committee for National Association of Residential Property Managers, Oahu Chapter 

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