So you worked really hard to get into your new home before the holidays. Before congratulating yourself with a job well done, you may be out there getting ready for the holidays. While you are decorating, cooking and getting into your usual holiday routine, here are some safety tips to think about for your new home.
Replace Those Lights
It may be time to get rid of the old C6 or C9 bulbs and replace them with LED ones. Your new home is a perfect time to do this. You have a completely blank slate. You have never decorated this home before and so you have plenty of room to be creative and think of new ways to get into the holiday spirit. Buy LED lights that burn cooler, are more energy efficient, last longer and are much safer than those old incandescent ones. You can even get them in the softer colors that you like.
Don’t Put the Ladder Away Yet
Hanging lights, putting the topper on the tree or stringing garland are all things you might need to be up high to do. Before your ladder finds its permanent place in your new home, leave it out to get the light hanging done. Don’t stand on chairs, the sofa or a coffee table. Ladders are built for climbing, so use them!
Check Your Smoke Detectors
While you have the ladder out, use it to check the smoke detectors in your new home. The previous resident may not have been as diligent about checking the batteries and operation of them as you are. Smoke detectors should always have fresh batteries installed when you move in, in addition to being tested for functioning.
You should have one in most major hallways and rooms, so if you find that any are missing or not functioning properly, now is the time to replace it.
Be Careful with Candles
Candles are a holiday tradition. They are pretty, they make the house smell nice and they provide great mood lighting. The places you put candles in your old home might not be the best places to put them in the new one.
Always make sure that candles are located far away from curtains and other draperies that could accidentally catch fire. Remember, you might not be aware of drafts or other air currents in your new home just yet — air that could blow a flame closer to something flammable. Best to keep candles in the middle of a table, far away from anything flammable until you get a better feel for how air moves around your house.
Make Bradford Moving Your Aurora Movers
Still haven’t got that move done yet? Don’t wait! Contact Bradford Moving for your Aurora move. We can get you loaded up and in your new home quickly and easily. Let us do the work so you can focus on your holiday preparations.