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Stay Jolly With These 4 Holiday Home Security Tips

One of our featured holiday home security tips for Madison-area homeowners is to replace your windows and doors.

Going out of town this holiday season? It might be the most wonderful time of the year but during the holiday season, crime rates often spike. Whether you're heading out to visit family or just in and out of your house more often than normal to hit all those holiday parties, make sure your family and belongings are safe with these holiday home security tips. 

1. Light It Up

Having lights turned on and off every now and then makes an empty house look lived in--and reduces the possibility of break-ins. This Old House recommends Wi-Fi enabled systems linked to your light switches so you can operate your porch light, living room light, or any other light remotely--even if you're a thousand miles away. 

2. Upgrade Doors and Windows

Home security vulnerabilities make it more likely for criminals to target your home. Your doors and windows are your first line of defense so if they're starting to get old, it's smart to get them checked out to be re-fitted or replaced. Renewal by Andersen replacement windows boast impressive safety features that keep the bad guys out. Opt for a ProVia entry door, to add an extra layer of protection with 20-guage galvanized steel reinforcements.

3. Be Smart About Gifts

It's hard to keep the Christmas tree out of sight from those outdoors--particularly if you like to set it up near a front window. But easily-visible piles of gifts (even wrapped!) could tempt would-be burglars to see what's inside. Place them strategically--out of easy view from those who might peek through your window when you're not home. Similarly, be careful how you dispose of packaging after Christmas day. Just putting all the boxes out by the curb will give robbers a good idea of exactly what's shiny and new inside. 

4. Fire-Proof Your Lights 

Whether you just have a single strand on your Christmas tree or an all-out exterior display rivalling Christmas at Rockefeller Center, it's important to inspect your lights each year for damage--especially frayed wire. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that the holiday season is the worst for electrical fires, so exercise a little prevention to avoid a situation you'll regret. This is also prime time to have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional. 

Whether you want to make sure your home is secure, add some unmistakable personality and style, or something else, we're here to help! Feel free to call or stop by one of our Madison-area showrooms today.