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The major holidays of the year are here, so it’s time to talk about how to keep them from becoming major hazards to your home and safety. There are even some ways you can accomplish the goal with the help of your security system. Southern California may not feel like winter yet, but you can still get into the spirit while keeping your home safe and sound.

Keeping Your Tree Safe

A real Christmas tree is beautiful and smells fantastic, but it’s also a fire hazard if it becomes dried out. Make sure you water your tree daily to prevent this. There are also electrical considerations involved with a Christmas tree, whether it is real or not. Make sure light cords stay dry and untangled, and always turn the lights off before leaving the house or going to bed.

During all times of year, you can rest assured that your system will notify you right away if smoke is detected. Our in-house, UL listed central station will be alerted as well, which ensures help will be on its way if a fire is in the home.

Keeping Your Kitchen Safe

The smoke detection in your system is also sensitive to smoke that emits from the kitchen. When you’re baking pies and  cookies, there’s bound to be a little smoke in the air at some point – so while those tasty treats are in the oven, ventilate the kitchen by opening windows and turning on the range hood. This can reduce the risk of smoke activating the alarm. Of course, you should also stay in the kitchen area while everything is baking.

Keeping Your Meat Safe

These days, there are multiple ways to cook a turkey. If it’s in the oven, you should watch over it the entire time and baste it according to the recipe to keep it moist. These measures alone can go a long way when it comes to making sure your main dish doesn’t become a fire hazard.

But what if you’re frying a turkey? The main rule of thumb there is to never, ever, fry it inside the house. When a high-powered burner and gallons of hot oil are involved, the only way to fry safely is outdoors, and only after the turkey is completely thawed. Lowering a frozen turkey into the fryer will turn it into a fireball, and that’s not safe either. And, it should go without saying that these rules apply to any large cut of meat being fried, whether it’s a turkey, ham, chicken or cut of pork.

These are some of the most important guidelines to enjoying a safer start to your holiday season. If you have questions on how your system can help your home stay safe this year, give us a call to discuss.

About Post Alarm Systems

To learn more about Southern California home security technology that enhances home security and protection, come see us at Post Alarm Systems. Our highly qualified and experienced home security experts can answer all your questions. Call us today at 1-800-654-7678.

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