With the holidays coming up, we wanted to remind you of some preventative tips you can use to protect your property while you’re traveling or hosting guests at home. 

  • When planning to travel during the holidays remember to always water and unplug your christmas tree, blow out-candles, and unplug any other decorations in your home for the holidays.
  • Always remember to shut off your main water valve to prevent flooding or burst pipes while you’re away.

What’s a holiday gathering without your favorite food? Don’t let your meal go from delicious to disaster! Here are some tips to prevent damage to your property while cooking:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home while you are cooking in the oven, and check on your food frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove.  The stove will be hot and children should stay at least 3 feet away.
  • If frying your turkey outdoors, keep the fryer off wooden decks, out of garages and a safe distance from the home and surrounding trees.

In 2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,600 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day.  Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Don’t forget to check your smoke detectors and make sure they are functioning properly before you start cooking for the holidays.

In the event you do need a restoration company during the holidays, PHC is available.  You can reach us at the office number (910)-814-2502. Take a moment to click through our website here where you can see what happens when there is a fire in your home. 

For more information on protecting your home from cooking fires click here.

For more information on protecting your property during holiday travels click here.