The holiday season is a time of festive food, glittering decorations, and great gatherings with loved ones. In the cozy confines of your condo, it's an opportunity to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for yourself and your family during this bustling period. But it's not all merriment and Mariah's music... it's also about keeping your condo safe and secure during a period where you may, unknowingly, be most vulnerable.
At Stratastic, we understand the significance of ensuring that this holiday joy is complemented by a strong focus on safety. As you deck the halls and enjoy the festivities, it's essential to keep in mind a comprehensive safety checklist for your condo.
If you're a Board Member or Property Manager, we encourage you to share this informative blog post and the below comprehensive checklist with your residents, as safety in condos is not just one person's responsibility, but the priority of the collective condo community.
At Stratastic, we wish you a safe and joyful holiday season in your condo and its community. 🎄🏢
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A Comprehensive Safety Checklist for a
Secure Holiday Season in Your Condo
💼🔐 Holidays Away From Home: Lock it Up + Ensure Secure Access. First and foremost, do let your property manager know if you'll be away for an extended period of time. Furthermore, guarantee that all entry points to your condo are secure when traveling during the holidays.
Exterior Doors: Check and double-check that all exterior doors are locked before leaving your condo. If your building has a concierge or security team, inform them of your departure plans.
Windows: Secure all windows, making sure they are locked and latched properly. It's an additional layer of security.
🚨🔥 Check the Alarms: Safety Devices Matter. The holiday season often involves cooking, lighting candles, and decorating with lights. It's the perfect time to make sure your fire and life safety devices are in working order.
Smoke Detectors: Test your smoke detectors to ensure they are functioning correctly. Replace batteries if needed, or let property management know if there is an issue that the corporation must rectify.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Similarly, check the carbon monoxide detectors. They are a lifesaver in case of gas leaks or faulty heating systems.
🕯️⚠️ Candle Caution: The Warmth of Candles. Candles add a warm and cozy touch to your holiday décor. However, they can pose a fire hazard if not used carefully. Battery-operated candles are a safer option, and can even be programmed to turn on/off by themselves! But, if you can't resist the flicker of a real flame...
Never Leave Unattended: When using candles, never leave them unattended. Blow them out before leaving the room (and especially before leaving your condo!) or going to bed.
Placement Matters: Ensure that candles are placed on stable, non-flammable surfaces away from curtains, holiday decorations, or any other potentially flammable objects. Don't underestimate how flammable materials are, including real evergreen trees (they dry out fast and light up even faster!).
🎄🔌 Decorating Safely: A Sparkling, but Safe Holiday. Holiday lights, ornaments, and decorations are synonymous with this season, but they should be used with caution. Don't forget to check with property management if you're permitted to place any holiday decorations on areas that may be considered common elements (such as your door, balcony, terrace, etc.).
Holiday Lights: Inspect holiday lights for frayed wires or damaged sockets. Replace any damaged lights to prevent electrical issues.
Use Extension Cords Wisely (and with Surge Protectors): Extension cords shouldn't be plugged into more extension cords - use the appropriate length from the start. It's also best to plug your holiday lights into surge protectors (look for extension cords with this built in!) to guard against electrical surges and potential fires.
🙋⁉️ Guest Access: Share with Caution. If you're hosting guests during the holidays, make sure they are aware of the building's access procedures and to follow them responsibly.
Entry Information: Communicate with your guests about how to enter the building. If your condo has a concierge or security team, provide them with your guests' names and expected arrival times (if required).
Guest Parking: Inform your guests about parking arrangements, if applicable, to ensure a smooth and welcoming arrival. Be sure to get parking permits (if required) in advance for those who need it to avoid frustration rather than focusing on holiday fun.
🗒️🚨 Emergency Contacts: Stay Prepared. It's always wise to keep your emergency contact information up to date with your building management, and this is an excellent opportunity to ensure that you've done so (or to make any necessary changes).
Emergency Contact List: Ensure that the building management has your current contact information. In the event of an emergency, they need to reach you promptly.
Neighborhood Resources: Familiarize yourself with local emergency services and contact information, including the nearest hospitals and fire stations.
In conclusion, the holiday season is a time of joy, but safety should always be a top priority. By following this comprehensive safety checklist, you can enjoy the festivities with peace of mind. Your condo is not just your home; it's a secure and welcoming community.
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