How To Handle Most Common Holiday Emergencies

How to Handle Most Common Holiday Emergencies

No matter how diligently you plan and prepare for the holidays, accidents, and emergencies can occur, even at the most inopportune times. Avoiding them is impossible; however, with proper planning, you can be prepared to take action that will lessen the potential damage. 

Here are some of the most common holiday emergencies, and the steps you can take to fix them.

Frozen Pipes

Most Common Holiday Plumbing Emergency: Frozen Pipes

You wake up early in the morning, grab your toothbrush, turn the faucet handle, and feel nothing come out. 

Frozen pipes are one of the most common concerns for households, which account for nearly 25 percent of emergencies during the holidays. The potential for frozen pipes is often a surprise for U.S. residents in the South and Southwest, where temperatures rarely drop below freezing. However, on those rare occasions, these residents often find themselves ill-prepared to handle them.

When you encounter a frozen pipe, the first thing you want to do is open the faucet, which will allow water to flow as the pipes thaw. If you’re lucky enough to have access to the frozen pipes, you can apply an electric heating pad to assist the melting process. 

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Kitchen Fire

Most Common Kitchen Holiday Emergency: Grease Fire

Even the most experienced cooks can encounter the danger of a grease fire while making their favorite holiday dishes. Typically, grease fires occur when fat is heated beyond its smoke point and begins to combust. 

Never pour water onto a grease fire. Water will cause the flames to double in size and spread out. Similar results occur when you use a damp towel or a standard fire extinguisher. Instead, keep a small dry chemical fire extinguisher under your sink and use it to smother the flames. 

Additionally, baking soda is an effective grease fire retardant. Your dish may be ruined, but it’s certainly better than repairing damage from a house fire.

Most Common Electrical Holiday Emergency: Power Outage

It could be an untimely thunderstorm, a snowstorm or ice storm (which can even occur in Atlanta), or maybe something like a car hitting an electrical pole. Regardless of how it happens, power outages can put a damper on the holiday festivities for the whole family.

For starters, don’t panic, especially if there isn’t a storm in the area. If the power suddenly goes out, and the weather is fine, it could be something as simple as a tripped circuit breaker. However, if the circuit breakers are fine, and there’s still no power, take some simple steps to keep the holidays going.

One of the best tools to have on hand in case of power outages is a gas-powered generator. Since generators can produce a wide range of electrical outputs, deciding on which one you need is dependent on your budget. A small 900-watt generator can power some lights and the TV, while a 9000-watt max generator could power a full set of appliances, which could come in handy if the Christmas ham is roasting in the oven when the power goes out.

If you don’t want to invest in a generator, and if you have gas appliances, they can serve as a heat source, especially if you don’t have a fireplace!

Most Common Heating Holiday Emergency: Furnace Malfunction

Keeping your home cozy and warm during the holidays provides an inviting atmosphere for your guests; however, if your furnace goes on the fritz, your home can quickly turn frigid. 

Depending on your level of expertise, fixing a furnace can be done quickly, or may require a professional. Easy fixes range from ensuring the pilot light hasn’t gone out or resetting the motor, and many of these basic troubleshooting instructions can be found here. If you aren’t exactly sure what is causing the problem, and you have guests visiting for the holidays, a professional heating and cooling expert can handle the repair and make sure everyone stays comfortable during the festivities. 

Did you know that most furnaces have a life expectancy of 16-20 years? If you aren’t sure how old your furnace is a good point of reference is if your furnace has a pilot light. Since modern furnaces use an electrical ignition, a furnace with a pilot light is an indication that you may need to upgrade!

Most Common Home Holiday Emergency: Leaking Roof

A drip from the roof can be a nuisance beyond having to place a bucket to catch the water. Soaked insulation won’t be as effective, if it works at all, and can provide a birthplace for mold to begin infecting your home. Additionally, if you have an attic with exposed electrical wiring, a leaky roof can lead to a fire that can destroy your home.

When you notice a leak in your roof, immediate action is essential. A licensed roofing professional will be able to diagnose what is causing the leak, make the necessary repairs, and look for other potential hazards that can wreak havoc later down the line.

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How have you handled a holiday emergency? What are some other key holiday emergencies you’ve experienced that are not listed above? Let us know in the comments below!

Top 5 Holiday Cleaning Tips

Top 5 Holiday Cleaning Tips

Maintaining a clean home can be tough, but adding in the holidays makes it even tougher. Between the changing seasons, all of the stress of Thanksgiving, and last minute holiday shopping, keeping a tidy house can seem nearly impossible.

To make life easier for you, we have compiled some great tips for keeping your house clean and organized throughout the holidays. By utilizing these tips, you will enjoy more peace of mind, and more quality time spent with your family. The best part about these five tips is that they don’t have to be completed in one day; if you can complete one tip per day, you will have a home ready for the holidays in less than one week!

Here are our Top 5 Holiday House Cleaning Tips:

Tip #1: When Were the Gutters Last Cleaned?

Maintaining clean gutters is something that several homeowners overlook, which is a shame. After all, nothing can ruin your holiday season faster than a leaky roof or saturated walls due to clogged gutters.

The importance of cleaning your gutters becomes even more prominent as Fall transitions into Winter. Falling leaves combined with rain can accumulate quickly, and turn into a home hazard if not handled properly.

One of the most common questions homeowners ask regarding their gutters is “How often should we clean our gutters?” It’s an important question, but there are certain factors that can change the answer.

At a minimum, your gutters should be cleaned twice a year: once in April/May and again just before Fall. However, if you have large trees near your home, you may need to clean your gutters as often as once a quarter.

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start with the kitchen

Tip #2: Start with the Kitchen

From the time you start preparing Christmas dinner until the New Year’s Eve dishes are dry and put away, the kitchen will be a very busy place during the holidays. Additionally, the kitchen will be a popular gathering place for guests and family, so staying on top of kitchen cleanliness is essential.

Before you begin the holiday decorating, dedicate 1-2 hours to cleaning and organizing your kitchen. Here are some of the key kitchen areas to focus on:

  • Remove old/stale food from the refrigerator and freezer.
  • Clean the stovetop thoroughly, and if you own a self-cleaning oven, run it through the cycle.
  • Ensure the microwave is spotless, as it will be getting plenty of use with leftovers.
  • The dishwasher can be easily forgotten. Here is a handy guide on how to clean a dishwasher.

Tip #3: Clean and Organize the Pantry

Since a variety of dry goods are used in several popular holiday dishes, having a clean and organized place to store your flour, sugar, canned foods, and other goods will make cooking and hosting for the holidays much easier.

Start by discarding expired goods, then, starting from the top shelf, wiping every counter with a clean, damp cloth. Once the counters are clean, replace the items with the labels facing forward for easier locating.

clean entryway

Tip #4: A Spotless Entryway

When guests and family arrive, the first thing they will notice is the entryway. Over the year, dirt, rain, and muddy shoes can create a real mess in the entryway.

A shoe rack near the door will provide a convenient storage area for your family’s shoes and boots. You can also add a holiday-themed welcome mat on the outside, which will make it easier for you and your guests to remove mud and dirt before entering your home.

Finally, once the floor is swept and mopped, implement a no-shoes rule for the whole family to ensure the entryway stays clean throughout the holiday season.

carpet cleaning

Tip #5: Carpet Cleaning

The extra traffic from family and friends, combined with frequent trips from the living room to the kitchen and back, can take a toll on your carpets. You could make a trip to the hardware store or even your grocery store and rent a carpet shampooer, but how often are you able to get your carpets as clean as a professional can?

Professional carpet cleaners can save you time, as well as the hassle of vacuuming, shampooing, and drying your carpets during the holidays. After a thorough cleaning, the only additional upkeep required will be vacuuming after the guests have left after the festivities.

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We hope these tips allow you to enjoy a cleaner home during the holidays. Which ones worked best for you? Are there other tips you would include in this list? Let us know in the comments below.

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