Ace Hardware Offers Tips to Protect Home and Family This Holiday Season

OAK BROOK, Ill., Dec. 23 // PRNewswire // -- Ace Hardware urges families to pay special attention to home safety this holiday season. Safety is a year-round concern and is especially critical during the holidays when friends and family visit.

1. Set Up a Proper Security System

A professionally installed security system is a great way to feel safe at home, not only when the family is there, but when traveling during the holidays. A system can be installed for less than $1,000. Studies have shown that security systems and well-lit homes deter criminals.

2. Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

These two inexpensive devices save lives, especially during this season when Christmas lights and candles are lit for long periods. There should be one smoke detector and one carbon monoxide detector or a combination unit on every floor of the home, especially near bedrooms. The average cost is $25-$50 and First Alert and Kidde are two popular manufacturers.

3. Safeguard the Fireplace

The fireplace is the perfect centerpiece to entertain and keep warm. Without proper maintenance and cleaning, however, fireplaces can turn into safety hazards. Call a professional to inspect and clean the chimney every year.

More Quick and Easy Fixes

  • Ensure that all area rugs have anti-skid tape or padding to keep them sure-footed.
  • Repair loose hand rails or furniture with a few screws and wood glue. Make sure any bathroom grab bars are secured into the framing of the walls.
  • Have a good, strong step-stool to reach those items or seasonal decorations that are a little too high in closets, cabinets or storage units.

About Ace Hardware

Throughout its 84-year history, Ace Hardware has been known as the helpful hardware store by both customers and communities. This year, Ace ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Home Improvement Stores for the Second Consecutive Year," according to J.D. Power and Associates. With 4,600 hardware, home center and building materials stores that generate annual retail sales of more than $12 billion, Ace is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the industry. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace currently operates 14 distribution centers in the U.S. and one in Shanghai, China, and its retailers' stores are located in all 50 states and 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit

SOURCE Ace Hardware



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