How to Have a Safe and Happy Holiday in North Pole, Fairbanks, Anchorage Alaska
It's Christmastime year-round in North Pole, Alaska, but with the holiday officially here next week, it's time for the surrounding communities to prepare to relax and enjoy. And not just to open your Fairbanks, Anchorage home to family and friends— there are a few steps to take to ensure you have a stress-free week sans holiday disasters.
- Be aware of what you're sharing on social media. Don't be too quick to detail your plans for a holiday vacation online, including where you're going, when you're leaving, when you'll be back. You don't want anyone to know exactly when you won't be home.
- December is the worst month for electrical fires. Be careful not to overload outlets and extension cords. Always check your holiday lights for frayed wires, cracked bulbs, faulty cords and inspect your exterior lights for the label reading "safe for outdoor use."
- Have a pro inspect your furnace and fireplace. Avoid a holiday fire this year by having a local pro inspect both your furnace and fireplace, even clean your chimney before you use it any more.
- Never leave candles unattended. Candles can add to the holiday atmosphere this time of year, but don't leave them unattended. Never place them near your stockings or tree and always blow them out before you go to bed or leave the house. On that note, always unplug your tree before going to bed as well.
- Test your smoke alarms. With all of the holiday cooking that may be happening in your Alaskan home, you want to be sure your alarms are working properly. Replace batteries or install new if necessary, especially close to sleeping areas.
- Turn packing inside out before recycling. You don't need to advertise new, expensive gifts inside your home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer like that big screen TV or gaming system to those passing by. Instead, turn the boxes inside out and compact them as much as possible before setting out for recycling.
- If you'll be out of town this holiday, keep your blinds and curtains closed. This will help discourage thieves from peeking in windows and noticing all of your shiny packages.
The holiday hustle and bustle will be winding down soon with Christmas just days away! Alaskan homeowners will likely be finishing their shopping and decorating this week in preparation for the big event.
Haven't decked the halls yet? Let these tips for holiday decor at right help you to keep things merry and bright (and safe!) this year.