Tips to protect your home from hazards this holiday season

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The holiday season is a favorite time for many people, but can leave you unprotected if you don't take time between shopping and baking to prepare your home for winter hazards.

According to a new Holiday Home Hazards poll by Allstate, failing to plan for winter weather and cold can cost Arkansas residents even more than they have already spent on holiday gifts.

Despite this year's unseasonably warm temperatures, it is important that Region 8 residents don't put off preparing their homes for the upcoming colder temperatures.

The poll don't by Allstate revealed the top three winter hazards to homes were ice dam related damages, burst pipes from freezing temperatures and damages from the weight of ice and snow.

"While we celebrate with our loved ones it's important that Arkansas residents stay diligent about protecting what matters most – their families and their homes," Brooke Brolo, an Allstate agent, said.

According to Allstate's claims data, homeowners spend an average of around $6,000 to fix burst pipes due to freezing.

The median cost of claim for property damage from the weight of ice or snow was also rather high, around $2,000.

The insurance company recommends that Arkansans take extra precautions before traveling for the holidays to prevent common home damages.

They suggest residents leave cabinet doors open to help circulate warmer air to water pipes and to let faucets slowly drip to avoid freezing.

They also said to make sure your attic is properly ventilated, which ensures less melting and refreezing of ice and snow on the roof.

The company also suggests being careful when "checking in" using geo location services or uploading vacation photos because you may be unknowingly giving thieves insight that your car or home is unattended.

You can also see what hazards your holiday decorations could cause and get additional tips by clicking here.

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