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The Holidays are a time for family, friends, and celebration. Sadly, they are also a time for burglaries, theft and house fires. Here are a few simple things you can do to make sure your family and home are safe this holiday season.

If you plan on going away this Holiday, follow these tips:

Secure All Tools. Secure all ladders, axes, hammers and saws. Not only can they beused to break into your home, but they are often a target for theft.

Lock All Doors. Lock all doors and windows, set alarms and use deadbolts. Don’t forget to make sure the garage door and entrance to the garage is closed and locked.

Turn Off All Appliances Turning off your appliances not only helps to cut back on electric costs, it also helps to protect your home from electrical fires while you are away.

Prevent Leaks By Turning Off Water. Water leaks can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home and possessions. Be sure to turn off your water before leaving, or have a leak detection device installed by Modern Systems.

Turn Down The Ring Tone On Your Home Phone. Long, loud unanswered rings are just another way of shouting out “No One’s Here!”.

Be Careful Who You Tell. Don’t advertise the fact that you will be going out of town to just anyone, and that includes on social media sites as well. You never know who may see it. Also, you should wait until after you get home to post photos that make it obvious that you are on a holiday vacation.

Cancel Your Newspapers and Hold Your Mail. A full mailbox and old papers laying about is an easy way to let strangers and potential burglars that you are away.

Notify Neighbors. Make sure to tell a trustworthy neighbor that you will be out of town and when you will be getting back. That way they know to note anything suspicious going on in or around your home. It is also a good idea to give them a number to reach you at in case there is an emergency.

Staying in this Holiday Season? Here are a few simple tips for you as well:

Keep Items At a Safe Distance from Heaters and Fireplaces. Make sure you don’t hand stockings too close to the fire or have flammable items in too close of proximity to the open flame. Make sure your portable heaters is kept away from curtains, furniture, your Christmas tree and any flammable material.

Water Your Christmas Tree. Make sure if you are using a real Christmas tree, that it is watered properly. When it is not watered, the pine needles dry out and can easily catch on fire. Keep the light off when you go to sleep and when you are away. Be sure your tree is not positioned near open flames, too close to electrical sockets, exposed wires or portable heaters. Avoid using real candles as lights for your Christmas tree.

Replace Batteries. Be sure to make sure your smoke and CO2 detectors are working properly and have good batteries in them. Winter is the biggest season for house fires.

Don’t Advertise Expensive Gifts Do not advertise you new, expensive gifts to any and every one. Be sure not to leave empty boxes out near the trash so any passerby can see that expensive new tv you got. Be sure not to post them on social media site, again, you don’t know who may see it.

The best thing you can do to protect your family this Holiday season is to have a monitored burglar and fire alarm installed by Modern Systems. Modern Systems has been providing security and technology to Lexington, Bowling Green and Somerset KY for 35 years and are truly a one stop shop for all of your security and technology need. Call 1-800-252-7664 for more information.

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