It takes a little holiday magic and some late-night sessions in Santa’s workshop to make the most wonderful time of the year live up to its name. But while you’re focused on finding the perfect gifts, prepping for dinner parties, and turning your home into a winter wonderland, don’t forget the most important task of all — brushing up on holiday safety.
Whether you’re cozied up at home, headed on a holiday journey, or knocking out some shopping, these tips can help you stay safe throughout the holiday season.
Holiday Home Safety Tips
Help protect your home — and all the little elves inside — with these essential safety tips.
Practice Fire Safety
A roaring fire and cranked-up thermostat can help keep Jack Frost at bay, but heating equipment can also pose a fire risk in your home. Here are some tips from the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to help you stay warm and safe:
If you have a Ring Alarm, consider installing a First Alert Smoke and CO Alarm or adding Smoke and CO Listeners near your existing detectors. With a Ring Protect subscription, sold separately, you’ll get real-time notifications if a detector goes off, whether you’re home or away.1
You can also enroll in 24/7 Alarm Professional Monitoring with your Ring Protect subscription to help ensure fire or CO emergencies don’t get missed.2 When a smoke alarm is activated, the professional monitoring company will call your emergency contact to confirm the emergency and request help if you need it or can’t answer. If your CO detector triggers the Alarm, the professional monitoring center will immediately request emergency assistance.
It can be a challenge for even the most confident home cooks to juggle several courses of a holiday meal. During the cooking frenzy, safety often gets put on the back burner. You can help avoid common kitchen mishaps with these simple tips from the American Red Cross and Johns Hopkins Medicine:
Holiday Travel Safety Tips
Whether you’re packing up the car for a holiday road trip or taking to the skies for an extended vacation, these tips can help you prepare for a smooth journey.
Prep Your Home for Winter Travel
Before you leave, follow these steps to help ensure your home will be secure and protected while you’re gone:
Ask a Neighbor to Keep Watch
If you’re close with any neighbors, you can ask them to watch over your home while you’re gone. Picking up your mail and packages and shoveling your driveway after a snowstorm can help make it look like you never left.
You can also keep up with the activity in your neighborhood with the Neighbors App. From severe weather alerts to safety posts from people nearby, you can get the most important information from back home in one convenient place.
Check the Weather
Severe weather can delay your flight or turn a three-hour drive into a whole-day event. That’s why the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends checking the forecast before you leave. If a winter storm is brewing, consider staying off the roads and adjusting your travel plans.
Pack an Emergency Kit
An emergency kit can come in handy if you hit a little more traffic than expected or end up with a flat tire on your winter road trip. The National Weather Service recommends packing these items:
Holiday Shopping Safety Tips
Finding that perfect gift for everyone on your list isn’t always easy — but it’s worth it when you see the joy on their faces. Whether you’re doing a deep dive on Amazon or walking the aisles of your local shops, here’s how to stay safe while shopping.
Be Alert During In-Person Shopping Sessions
Even after the Black Friday madness ends, holiday shopping can be a frenzy. These tips can help you stay alert and aware while you hit the aisles:
Do Your Online Shopping Securely
You can do a lot of your shopping from the comfort of your couch, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be aware of your (digital) surroundings. The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) offers several tips to help stay safe online:
Don’t Advertise Your Holiday Haul
When big boxes start arriving for everyone on your nice list, they can catch the eyes of people passing by. So if you plan to do a lot of your shopping online this season, track your shipments and quickly bring them inside when they arrive. The same rule applies once your family unpacks their new gifts and starts setting them up around the house. Publications from several cities across the country have noted that empty boxes on the curb are like a billboard for the new electronics sitting inside — so you should always break them down and put them in your recycling bin before pickup. 4
Want more tips to help protect your packages this holiday season (and beyond)? Check out our package theft prevention guide.
Help Protect Your Home This Holiday Season With Ring
For the holidays, you can’t beat home sweet home — and Ring is here to help protect it. From outdoor cameras that help you keep track of holiday decorations to Ring Alarm Accessories that can help detect frozen pipes and fires, we have the security tools you need to help get through the season safely.
1 Ring Alarm and all Ring Alarm accessories require a subscription for in-app features and digital notifications, including digital arming / disarming and integration with other Ring, Echo, Alexa, and third party products. Subscription sold separately. View ring.com/protect-plans for pricing and details.
2 A compatible Ring Protect subscription is required to enroll in the Ring Alarm professional monitoring service. Professional monitoring service is available only within the U.S. (all 50 states, but not U.S. territories) and in Canada (excluding Quebec). Ring does not own its own professional monitoring center. Smoke and carbon monoxide monitoring is not available for a business or commercially zoned address. See Ring alarm licenses at: ring.com/licenses. Additional permit or false alarm fees may apply depending on your local jurisdiction. Additional charges may apply in areas that require permits or guard response service for alarm verification.
3 Advanced online security features are available to US customers with eero Secure, which is included with a Ring Protect Pro subscription.