Home Safety for the Holidays

Home Safety for the Holidays

The holidays are a magical time of year! Here are a few tips to ensure you and your family enjoy a safe and happy holiday season!

Prevent Home Theft

  • Put a sign in your yard that says you have a home security system – even if you don’t.  A burglar is more likely to select a home that doesn’t appear to have a security system. It’s a cheap and effective theft deterrent.
  • Keep your garage door closed – don’t advertise your belongings to passerby.
  • Get to know your neighbors – If you and your neighbors are on friendly terms, you will all be more likely to recognize suspicious activities around each others homes.
  • Don’t store valuables in your bedroom – that’s a burglar’s first stop. Find another location to stash your jewels, cash, etc.
  • Leave a radio on when you are gone – noise prevents burglaries.
  • Install motion sensors to thwart nighttime break ins.

Be Careful with Christmas Lights

  • Throw away frayed or cracked cords.
  • Consider LEDs – they use less energy and don’t produce heat build up allowing you to string together as many strands as you may need.
  • Don’t overburden your electrical sockets. Plug no more than one extension cord per socket and limit number of strings of connected lights to three.

Want more information? Most insurance companies can provide a home safety checklist to help you prepare for an accident-free holiday season. Still concerned about theft? Contact your local police department. Your police department may be willing to conduct a safety checkup.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203K, VA, and USDA approved. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016. Inlanta Mortgage is proud to be a recent recipient of a 2012 Top Workplace Award.

Home Safety Tips

Home Safety Tips

There is no place like home. Protecting your home and your family requires us all to take a few precautionary steps.  Here are some ideas on how to deal with some of the most common concerns facing homeowners today.

Check your Detectors

Make sure that your smoke detectors are working and have fresh batteries. It’s important to clean them regularly to avoid a buildup of dust and dirt, which may cause them to malfunction or stop working altogether.

Security System is Secure

If your home has a security system, make sure that nobody else has the code. If you purchased your home with the security system in place, have the code changed as a precaution. Just as you would change the locks to prevent friends, acquaintances or family members of the previous owner from entering the house without your permission or knowledge, it’s equally important to change the code on your security system.

Obstacles & Falls

Many people are injured each year as a result of a fall in their home. Make sure that the way you arrange your furniture and possessions makes it easy for you to move around your home – or exit quickly if necessary.

Trailing electric and phone wires can be hazardous. Try to connect appliances to a socket nearby. If trailing wires are unavoidable, arrange them as far out of the way as possible and tape them down with strong electrical tape or use floor cord covers.

Keep staircases and passageways clear, and never place a loose rug at the top of the stairs.

Try to organize your storage so that you can reach items you use regularly without having to climb. Don’t be tempted to balance on chairs or boxes if you do need to reach something high-use a proper step ladder with non-slip steps, or wait until someone else can help.

This list could go on and on – especially if you include the safety precautions necessary to protect our little ones!

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203K, VA, and USDA approved. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016. Inlanta Mortgage is proud to be a recent recipient of a 2012 Top Workplace Award.