The holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to start hanging lights and planning your holiday shopping list. However, this time of year is also unfortunately known for theft and other perils, which we’ll uncover in this article. To ensure your holiday season goes off without a hitch, read the following article and protect your investment with a comprehensive Ann Arbor Home Insurance policy.

Be mindful of holiday lights.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, December is the deadliest month for electrical fires. Before you string lights on the house or the tree, be sure to inspect the strands to make sure there aren’t any frayed cords or cracked lamps. Replace any broken lamps and throw away strands with frayed cords, as this will help prevent any accidental fires. You’ll want to buy cords that have been tested by an independent laboratory, like the Underwriters Laboratory. Be sure to check the packaging to see that the manufacturer’s name and information is clearly marked.

Do a furnace and fireplace inspection.

Fireplaces and furnaces are the perfect remedies for snowy weather. However, before firing either of them up, be sure to conduct an inspection to ensure the flue is properly cleaned and opened to prevent house fires. If it needs to be cleaned, do so before the snow hits.

Don’t flaunt gifts.

Presents under the tree and stuffed stockings might excite children, but it’s also an indirect invitation to potential burglars. If you have a tree next to a window where passersby can see in, hold off on putting presents underneath until last minute.

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At Thayer-Innes Insurance Agency and Freeman Bunting Insurance Agency, we strive to provide comprehensive insurance solutions to support Ann Arbor homeowners. Our homeowners’ policies can be tailored to meet your specific risk exposures and provides much more coverage than a traditional policy, giving you the peace of mind you deserve. For more information about our products, contact us today at (855) 395-6316.